Norman-Mahnomen Public Health Provides Guidance on Halloween Activities
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (10/13/20)
Ada, MN — For the first time in what feels like forever, Halloween happens to fall on a Saturday. This means prime opportunity for trick or treaters to go out and celebrate without the worries of being home early for a school night. But Public Health officials have been fielding lots of questions relating to the safety of trick or treating and whether or not it should even happen during the current pandemic. Sarah Kjono with Norman-Mahnomen Public Health says Halloween is not cancelled this year, and trick-or-treating by itself is a relatively low-risk activity.
Kjono does not recommend trick or treating in large groups, but instead sticking within your own household. What is also frowned upon this year is Halloween carnivals, parties, and any event that would normally take place indoors or in the school.
According to the CDC, you can make trick-or-treating safer by avoiding direct contact with trick-or-treaters, give out treats outdoors if possible, set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take, wash hands before handling treats, and wear a mask.