NEW YORK – The nations’ top public health agency is recommended that people not participate in traditional trick-or-treating this Halloween.
In an update to guidelines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:
- No trick-or-treating;
- No costume masks;
- No indoor costume parties or haunted houses.
As you can probably guess, the agency points to the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason why. They say those are all high-risk activities.
The CDC does suggest some low risk activities, like carving pumpkins and decorating your home.
Last week, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will not issue trick-or-treating guidance, but rather, leave the decision up to parents.
City of Jamestown leaders are leaning towards not sanctioning the activity, however, say they would likely not ban the activity all together.
Local leaders plan to continue discussing the future of trick-or-treating during coming meetings after seeking input from others in the community.
Halloween will take place on Sat., Oct. 31.