L.A. trick-or-treating canceled to curb spread of COVID-19

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 9th, 2020 4:15 pm

Last Updated Sep 11th, 2020 at 8:53 am

Trick-or-treating has been canceled in Los Angeles, adding to the ever-growing list of events that have been nixed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

New Los Angeles County health guidelines have banned trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and Halloween parades.

"Since some of the traditional ways in which this holiday is celebrated does not allow you to minimize contact with non-household members, it is important to plan early and identify safer alternatives," the Department of Public Health said in a statement.

Health officials said that trick-or-treating was prohibited "because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors."

"Trunk or treat" events, large gatherings, carnivals, and festivals are also banned. The guidelines instead encourage online parties, car parades, and Halloween movie nights at drive-in theaters.

Halloween meals at outdoor restaurants, Halloween-themed art installations at outdoor museums, and dressing up homes and yards with decorations are still allowed.

California has more than 744,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with a death toll of more than 13,8000, as of Wednesday.


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