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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) yesterday issued guidelines promoting safer alternatives to conventional Halloween and Día de los Muertos celebrations, while strongly discouraging trick-or-treating.
According to the CDPH, celebrations typically associated with these holidays increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading, as more people from different households are in close proximity for long interactions. The guidance states, “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.”
CDPH recommends the following safer alternatives for Halloween and Día de los Muertos:
Día de los Muertos
Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said the state’s guidance is appreciated and aligns well with local planning efforts to date. “Holidays are a time of celebration, and we hope that Humboldt residents will be creative in finding safe alternatives to longstanding traditions to keep everyone safer this fall and winter,” she said.
CDPH urges Californians to remember the following:
Read the guidance in English at covid19.ca.gov/holidays/ and in Spanish at covid19.ca.gov/es/holidays/.
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