The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)recently issued guidelines which label high, low and moderate-risk activities for families and kids who will be seeking candy door-to-door or headed to pumpkin patches and orchards. Social distancing while trick-or-treating and avoiding packed holiday parties are among the recommendations from local health agencies nationwide.
A child’s ability to breathe under both a Halloween mask and a cloth mask are among the concerns addressed within the typical fall traditions.
“Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask,” the CDC said of costume parties. “If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.” Trick-or-treating in which “treats are handed directly to children go door-to-door” are among the “higher risk activities,” according to the federal health agency. Instead, the CDC recommends “individually wrapped goodie bags” that can be picked up at the end of a homeowner’s driveway or front yard.
The CDC said many traditional Halloween activities can be very high-risk for spreading viruses, not just coronavirus. They urged anyone who has been exposed to or previously diagnosed with COVID-19 to “not participate in in-person Halloween festivities,” particularly the handing out of candy.
Hay rides, tractor rides, indoor haunted houses and crowded costume parties were among the CDC’s activities deemed of the highest risk.