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St Paul (KROC AM News) - The Minnesota Department of Health has kicked out an advisory connected to Halloween and among its recommendations is to avoid trick-or-treating because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The department is recommending activities that pose the lowest risk of spreading the virus, including celebrating at home.

And what about wearing a mask?

MDH says “A Halloween costume mask isn’t a substitute for a cloth face mask! The best face masks have two layers of fabric and cover your nose and mouth. We don’t recommend wearing a cloth face mask under a costume mask because it might be difficult to breathe.”

 
Here is the department’s summary of its Halloween advisory:

  • Lower-risk activities
    Celebrate at home with family. Carve or decorate pumpkins. Have a Halloween movie night with treats.
    Celebrate outside with family, neighbors, and friends. Carve or decorate pumpkins outside. Hold a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
    A virtual Halloween costume contest.
  • Medium-risk activities
    No-contact neighborhood trick-or-treating. Put treats in individual goodie bags and place them at the end of your driveway or at the edge of your yard for families to grab and go.
    An outdoor costume party or haunted forest. Follow the safety tips above.
    Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards. Use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples. 
  • Avoid higher-risk activities
    Trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go from door to door.
    Costume parties or haunted houses held indoors.
    Trunk-or-treating where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.
    Hayrides with people who do not live with you and fall festivals.

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