CDC warns Americans not to go trick-or-treating this Halloween

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 22nd, 2020 1:15 pm

Last Updated Sep 23rd, 2020 at 11:08 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning against typical Halloween revelry such as costume parties and trick-or-treating to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"High risk activities" include crowded indoor parties, haunted houses, hayrides and tractor rides with people from outside one's household, and door-to-door trick-or-treating, according to the CDC. The order also recommends against "trunk-or-treating," where treats are handed out in parking lots from the back of participants' cars.

The CDC also warned against traveling to a rural fall festival "that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19."

Wearing costume masks may also pose a problem, with the CDC raising concerns that wearing a plastic mask over a coronavirus mask can make it difficult to breathe. The CDC said not to wear a costume mask unless "it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn't leave gaps around your face."

The health agency is recommending "one-way trick-or-treating" that focuses on individually wrapped treat bags placed at the end of the driveway, socially-distanced outdoor parades, and open-air "haunted forests" to celebrate Halloween.

Read the CDC's full guidelines here.


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