The Los Angeles County Department of Health released a guide on how to celebrate Halloween safely on Wednesday. Some of the traditional ways of partying do not allow you to minimize contact with non-household members. The county first said trick or treating would be banned because of the ongoingbut later revised its guidelines to say that it is allowed but not recommended.
“Trick or door-to-door treatment is not recommended as it can be very difficult to maintain adequate social distance on porches and front doors, making sure anyone who answers or comes to the door is appropriately masked to prevent the spread prevent disease, and because food sharing is risky, “says the new guide.
Trunk-or-treating, where children walk from car to car instead of door to door, is also not recommended for similar reasons.
Gatherings and parties with non-household members, as well as carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are prohibited.
Instead, the LA County Department of Health suggests celebrating with online parties or competitions, Halloween movie nights in drive-in theaters, Halloween-themed meals in outdoor restaurants, Halloween art installations in open-air museums, and home and yard decorations.
The department suggests “driving past events or competitions where individuals dress up or decorate their vehicles and drive by” judges “who are reasonably physically separated from each other.” They also suggest drive-thru Halloween displays or drive-thru events where individuals can receive a bag of treats rather than traditional trick or treat.
Regardless of how people party, the county’s health department says it’s important to follow ongoing health guidelines like wearing a mask, keeping social distance, washing your hands frequently, and staying home when you’re sick.
It also warned people to “beware of fraud, false news and jokes related to novel coronaviruses”. Public Health always disseminates accurate information through press releases, social media and on the department’s website.
Over 249,000 coronavirus cases and more than 6,000 coronavirus deaths have been reported in Los Angeles County, according to the Department of Health. According to Johns Hopkins, LA County has more confirmed cases and deaths than any other county in the country.
Across the state of California, there have been more than 737,000 confirmed cases and 13,700 deaths from the virus, according to the state.