Avoid trick-or-treating due to coronavirus this Halloween, CDC says
|globalnews.ca 22 Sep 2020 at 11:01|
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The scariest thing on Halloween night will be the invisible threat of COVID-19 , and adults and children should change their plans to minimize that danger, according to new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The top U.S. health agency issued a new set of coronavirus safety recommendations on its website late Monday, in what it described as a “supplement” to existing safety measures in various states and cities. The guidelines are some of the first to emerge on a national level ahead of the Halloween season in the United States and Canada.
“Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses,” the agency says on its website. “There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween.”
The CDC is urging people to avoid some of the most beloved traditions of the spooky season, including trick-or-treating and indoor costume parties, due to the “high risk” they pose for spreading the virus.
It’s also labelled haunted houses, hayrides with strangers, fall festivals outside your community, drinking and “trunk or treating” as higher-risk activities during the pandemic. (Trunk-or-treating involves handing out candy from the trunk of a car).
The agency also described some activities that are moderately risky, such as attending an outdoor costume party in a mask, conducting one-way trick-or-treating and visiting haunted forests while maintaining more than two metres of space from others.