MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Halloween is right around the corner in the midst of the COVID pandemic. That has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discouraging traditional trick-or-treating this year.
According to the CDC guidance, many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading the coronavirus.
The CDC ranked some popular Halloween activities from low to high risk, which are as follows:
LOWER RISK ACTIVITIES
- Carving and decorating pumpkins with members of your household
- Carving and decorating pumpkins outside with friends and neighbors (socially distanced)
- Virtual Halloween costume contest
- Halloween movie night with members of your household
- Decorating your home
MODERATE RISK ACTIVITIES
- Lining up individually wrapped candy bags at the end of your driveway for trick-or-treaters to grab
- Visiting a pumpkin patch or orchard with sanitizing and social distancing rules in place
- Outdoor costume parties where people wear protective masks and stay more than 6 feet apart (a costume mask is not a substitute for a protective cloth mask)
HIGHER RISK ACTIVITIES
- Traditional trick-or-treating
- Crowded indoor costume parties
- Indoor haunted houses
- Hayrides or tractor rides with people you don’t live with
For a list of more activities and guidance about other upcoming holidays visit the CDC’s holidays webpage.
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The CDC said to check and follow your local and state rules and regulations, and do not participate in any festivities if you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who does.