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L.A County Health Dept backtracks on trick-or-treat ban



The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has backtracked on their earlier decision to cancel Halloween festivities, like trick-or-treating to only recommending avoiding the activity altogether.


Background:

On Tuesday, county health officials installed new health guidelines that would not have allowed Halloween traditions like haunted houses, trick-or-treating, and carnivals because it would "be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing."

  • The L.A. County officials even suggested that trick-or-treating be switched from going door to door to a "car-to-car" format.

  • According to the L.A. Times, the about-face on banning Halloween festivities came down to the County's incapability to manage safe social distancing requirements and Halloween house parties.


What they're saying:

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said, “I’m gonna be optimistically hopeful,” and “We have worked so hard and that means we collectively you have worked so hard to drive down our rates. … We had a lot of really really sad days in July.”


The new guidelines for Halloween:




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