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Health Officer recommends avoiding traditional trick-or-treating; indoor haunted houses not allowed in the County
Largo, MD – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for virus transmission associated with some Halloween activities, the Prince George’s County Health Department is not allowing indoor haunted houses and does NOT recommend traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating this year. If you choose to trick-or-treat, you can reduce the transmission risk by staying with members of your household and closely following health and safety guidelines.
“To avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, it’s very important to remain at least 6 feet away from others, wear face coverings, avoid large gatherings, and maintain good hand hygiene,” said Prince George’s County Health Officer Dr. Ernest Carter. “Closely following the guidelines Prince Georgians have so far done a good job adhering to will give our communities the best chance to have a safe and healthy Halloween.”
And clearly, if you have COVID-19, or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you absolutely should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
The Health Department also recommends practicing these additional Halloween COVID-related safety tips:
High-Risk Halloween Activities NOT ALLOWED this year in Prince George’s County:
High-Risk Halloween Activities NOT RECOMMENDED this year in Prince George’s County include:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider the following to be low- and medium-risk Halloween activities: Low Risk
For more information about COVID-related Halloween health and safety guidance, please visit cdc.gov.