Halloween has been canceled: CDC advises Americans not to go trick-or-treat or dress up parties, but says staying home to carve pumpkins is safe under new coronavirus guidelines
- The CDC has issued its first guidelines for celebrating Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic
- Discourage recommendations from using traditional trick-or-treat, attending dress-up parties, or visiting an indoor haunted house
- Children are advised to go trick-or-treat if customized with individually wrapped goodie bags at the end of a yard or driveway
- Experts recommend staying at home to chop pumpkins or have a Halloween themed scavenger hunt in your house
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines for Americans celebrating Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the recommendations Published Monday, the CDC advised against trick-or-treating, attending a costume party, or going into an indoor haunted house.
“Many traditional Halloween activities can pose a high risk of spreading viruses,” reads a statement on the website.
“There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween.”
The new guideline grouped the activities before 31 October as ‘lower risk’, ‘moderate risk’ and ‘higher risk’.
The CDC has issued its first guidelines for celebrating Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic and recommends staying home to carve pumpkins (above, image in a file) or keep a Halloween themed scavenger hunt in your home
Kids are advised to go trick-or-treat (left) if customized with individually wrapped goodie bags at the end of a yard or driveway. The CDC discourages overcrowded indoor costume parties (right) because of the high risk of spreading the virus
Under lower-risk activities, the CDC suggests carving pumpkins or decorating your home in a spooky theme.
To limit personal interaction, a virtual costume contest or a Halloween movie night with members of the household is also recommended.
The CDC also proposes a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt for your neighborhood or your home.
“ Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where kids are given a list of Halloween-themed things to look for while walking from house to home while admiring Halloween decorations remotely, ” could be a fun event, according to the CDC. websites.
‘Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your family members in or around your house instead of going from house to house’ can also be fun.
Recommended moderate-risk activities are a one-time trick-or-treating, with individually wrapped goodie bags set up for children at the edge of a yard or driveway.
The CDC also suggests that families can host an “ open-air costume parade ” with participants more than six feet apart.
Experts note that costume masks should not be substituted for cloth masks because they are not as protective.
“A costume mask should only be used if it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and does not leave any gaps around the face,” writes the CDC.
Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask as it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes breathing difficult. Instead, consider using a Halloween themed cloth mask. ‘
Visiting ‘a one-way street, an open-air haunted forest’ or having an outdoor movie night with family friends can be enjoyed as long as everyone is wearing masks and socializing.
If screaming is likely to occur, more distance is advised. The further the distance, the smaller the risk of spreading a respiratory virus, ”the CDC says.
However, it is suggested to avoid risky activities.
This was included traditional trick-or-treat where children collect candy from door to door and ‘trunk-or-treat ‘in which candy is distributed from the trunks of cars in large parking lots.
Experts also advise avoiding overcrowded indoor costume parties and visiting haunted houses indoors.
Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area where COVID-19 is distributed by the community is also a high risk, the CDC warns.