FAMILIES across Cheshire are being encouraged to find new ways to enjoy Halloween this year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Cheshire Police have said trick or treating is not recommended this year in a bid to help reduce the spread of the virus, with part of the county about to enter Tier 3 - the highest level of restrictions.

A spokesman for the force said: "As the number of Covid-19 infection rates rise across the county, we are encouraging you to find other ways to celebrate Halloween safely.

"We understand it’s a hugely popular time of year with children and families, and we’re urging you to stick to the rules while enjoying your celebrations, so that we can help reduce the spread of the virus.

"Traditional activities like trick or treating are not recommended this year, while Halloween parties with friends can’t happen either because it puts people at risk of further spreading the virus, meaning we have to find new and different ways to celebrate safely."