The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released guidance for safer Halloween and Día de los Muertos celebrations during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Some of the traditional holiday activities promote congregating and mixing of households, which health officials say increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19. For this reason, CDPH strongly discourages trick-or-treating and recommends safer alternative ways to celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos.
The safest way to celebrate Halloween is to spend time with people in the same household or to celebrate virtually. The CDPH recommends the following alternatives for a safer Halloween:
The safest way to celebrate Día de los Muertos is to spend time with people in the same household or to celebrate virtually. The CDPH recommends the following alternatives for a safer Día de los Muertos celebration:
The CDPH strongly discourages trick-or-treating. In general, the more people from different households with whom a person interacts, the closer the physical interaction is, and the longer the interaction lasts, the higher the risk that a person with COVID-19 infection –symptomatic or asymptomatic – may spread it to others.
Trick-or-treating without necessary modifications promotes congregating and mixing of many households, particularly on crowded doorsteps, which can increase the spread of COVID-19. That type of mixing is not currently permitted in California. Additionally, if there is a positive case discovered, it is very challenging to do appropriate contact tracing to identify all those who have been potentially exposed.
The CDPH recommends the following personal protection measures:
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