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Door-to-door trick-or-treating is “strongly discouraged”

Travis Gienger, from Anoka, Minn., poses next to his pumpkin, which weighed in at 2350 pounds, to win the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

If you were holding out hope that things would get “back to normal” in time for trick-or-treating this Halloween, we have some bad news. The state announced its guidance for Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos today, and it “strongly discourages” families from trick-or-treating or attending parties. 

“Some traditional Halloween celebrations such as parties and door-to-door trick-or-treating pose a high risk of spreading COVID-19 and are strongly discouraged,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s Health and Human Services secretary, during a Tuesday press conference. “If a positive case is discovered, it could be very challenging to conduct appropriate contact tracing.”

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