CDC Recommending Families Avoid Trick or Treating
As much as we all love Halloween with all of the tricks and treats, the CDC advises against traditional trick-or-treating this year amid the coronavirus.
According to USA Today, the recommendation came as part of a list of Halloween guidelines from the CDC that is broken down by level of risk.
In all honesty, this makes a lot of sense. There is no way to focus on social distancing when it comes to handing out candy and looking at all of the great costumes we're accustomed to looking at each and every Halloween.
I personally absolutely love Halloween, but let's face it:
"Traditional door to door trick or treating, trunk or treating, where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots and indoor parties or haunted houses are among the riskiest Halloween activities when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19." (USA Today)
Some safer but still moderately risky activities include one way trick or treating, where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance.
A couple more things to keep in mind according to the CDC:
1. For spooky events like watching a Halloween movie with people outside the house hold or visiting a haunted forest, you should focus on greater distancing if screaming is involved. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading the virus.
2. Costume masks are not substitutes for protective face masks. The two should also not be used together. The combination can make it hard to breathe.
3. People can have fun on Halloween this year by celebrating with members of their household, outdoors and distant from others, and partying virtually. (USA Today)