WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines Monday in regards to trick-or-treating and other Halloween-related activities.
According to he organization, the guidelines are to “help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19” but are not intended to replace any local or state regulations.
Traditional Halloween activities were divided into three categories – lower risk, moderate risk and higher risk – for the spread of COVID-19.
Activities in the higher risk category include:
• Traditional door to door trick-or-treating
• Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
• Going to indoor haunted houses where people may be crowded together and screaming
• Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.
Instead of participating in those activities, the CDC suggested to choose lower risk alternatives, such as carving pumpkins and decorating a home, having a virtual costume contest or an outdoor scavenger hunt.
The CDC also urged those who may have COVID-19, or who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, not to participate in in-person Halloween activities and not to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.