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By: Lauren McRae
COVID-19 is still posing a serious threat, so how will it affect your family’s Halloween this year? Even if you’re feeling spooked about the pandemic, the good news is you don’t have to cancel Halloween altogether.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends coming up with a safety plan for the upcoming holiday. To make it easier, the agency released new low-risk, moderate-risk and high-risk guidelines to help your family distinguish which activities are safe and unsafe, how to handle trick or treating, costume parties, Halloween parades and other spooky season activities this year.
Even for die-hard Halloween fans, “there’s a lot of Halloween activities you can do short of going trick or treating door-to-door,” says Michael S. Caplan, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics. “Each family is going to have to weigh the risk and benefits for themselves.”
Here’s what you need to know about the risk level of various activities:
High-Risk: (The CDC recommends avoiding these activities this season.)
NorthShore and the CDC maintains that it's vitally important for all Americans to enjoy the season responsibly. The agency also said its guidelines do not replace or superseded any local or state mandates.