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Halloween guidance issued by CDC: Trick-or-treating considered ‘high risk’

While Governor Andrew Cuomo said last week that he wouldn’t prevent families from trick-or-treating this Halloween – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance on the matter, which outlined a range of different activities associated with the holiday.

“I would not ban trick-or-treaters going door to door. I don’t think that’s appropriate,” Cuomo said last week. “You have neighbors – if you want to go knock on your neighbor’s door, God bless you, and I’m not going to tell you not to. If you want to go for a walk with your child through the neighborhood, I’m not gonna tell you you can’t take your child to the neighborhood. I’m not going to do that.”

The CDC categorized a number of activities as high, moderate, and low risk.

Those in the high risk category includes traditional trick-or-treating, crowded indoor costume parties, indoor haunted houses, hay rides or tractor rides, and fall festivals that are not in your immediate community.

Those in the moderate risk category include one-way trick-or-treating, costume parties where people can remain six feet apart, open-air, one-way walk-through haunted forest visits, and visiting pumpkin patches or going apple picking.

Meanwhile, low risk activities were described as pumpkin carving, decorating a house or living space, holding a virtual Halloween costume contest, or hosting a household Halloween movie night.

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