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Oregon officials join CDC in urging no door-to-door trick-or-treating this year

Consider the risk of the activities you choose this Halloween OHA

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping how Oregonians celebrate holidays, and that includes Halloween. But it doesn’t mean Halloween this year can’t still be spooky and fun, the Oregon Health Authority said Thursday -- while also recommending no trick-or-treating.

Here's rest of OHA's news release on the topic:

People in Oregon are creative, they care about their community and they know it’s important to celebrate safely.

This year, it’s more important than ever to put safety first, because COVID-19 cases have risen recently and holiday gatherings on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day led to increased case counts.

So, this Halloween, be extra mindful of your choices. Choosing low risk Halloween plans can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness, decrease the impact on Oregon’s health care system and save lives.

This Halloween, the Oregon Health Authority is recommending that Oregonians avoid traditional door-to-door trick or treating and “Trunk or Treat” events because these are high-risk activities for crowding among people outside your household. This recommendation aligns with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which also recommends families avoid traditional trick or treating.

Some ideas for safer, low-risk activities include holding an online costume contest, watching a scary movie online, carving pumpkins with people in your household, decorating your house or apartment, or touring the neighborhood to look at decorated houses with members of your household.

“If you dress up in a costume, be careful to plan a costume that allows you to wear a face covering,” said State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger. “Halloween masks will not protect you or others from coronavirus. Wearing a cloth or disposable face mask that fits snugly and covers your mouth and nose is still required while wearing a costume, no matter how scary or silly your costume is.”

For more tips to stay safe this holiday, check out these infographics about Halloween activities and how to safely visit a pumpkin patch or farm, and then share them with your friends and family on your Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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  1. It’s on, we’re going to virtual trick or treat the **** out of this thing. Virtual holidays are the new in thing. No one at my house, just me and my family the bunker with our masks on.

    1. Don’t worry Trump and Melania will be in the bunker too since they have to quarantine and may have Covid.

      But it was a hoax, right Donnie? hahaha

  2. I’ve knocked on thousands of doors for political candidates before, one sure sign you’re heading to unfriendly house is if they have all sorts of inflatable halloween crap out in their yard… republicans LOVE halloween. Dems do not participate

    1. Love how much you GOP brains love to get your panties in a bunch by triggering yourself by saying her name. Say it. Say Kate Brown. Oh yeah Kste!!

  3. My advice to home-owners who will be actively participating in this grand ol’ tradition… Aside from wearing your own mask- you might want to meet the little hobgoblins outside your front door (set up a temporary fence and watch through your window) then place a simple box fan blowing from left to right to create ventilation that would push any aerosol particulates away from your front door… personally hand out the goodies so children do not contaminate your bowl… spray your gloved hands with sanitizer and go back inside… it really is this simple people !

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