Coronavirus: Americans urged to forgo Halloween celebrations. United States health officials are urging parents not to hold traditional costume parties for this popular event among children.
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Health officials this year called on Americans to forgo the very traditional Halloween celebrations and to stay wisely at home to ward off the specter of the coronavirus.
On the evening of October 31, millions of American children dress in more or less frightening outfits and go door to door asking local residents for sweets, throwing the magic phrase: “trick or treat”
High Risk of the Coronavirus Spreading
The Covid-19 pandemic will shake up Halloween this year. Many traditional Halloween activities can pose a great risk of spreading viruses, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) said in a statement.
Health authorities therefore advise parents not to organize costume parties in closed spaces and even prohibit their children from parading in the neighborhood for sweets.
“Going to a haunted house where people can be crowded together and screaming” is not a good idea this year, the CDC insists.
To celebrate Halloween safely, Americans are encouraged to carve pumpkins at home and hold virtual costume contests.
Los Angeles has given up on taking restrictions
And if the Halloween appeal is really too loud, the CDC considers a “one-sided” candy hunt or disguised parades that respect physical distancing pose “moderate” risk.
Los Angeles County, a major hotbed of the pandemic on the West Coast, originally announced a ban on all Halloween-related group activities, including the infamous “trick or treat.” But in the wake of the outcry over the move, authorities quickly changed their minds, simply saying they were “not recommended.”
The coronavirus is transmitted by air from the mouth and nose, so they argue that yelling and screaming will more easily transmit the virus.