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Colorado releases guidance for safe Halloween during COVID-19

KOAA Covering Colorado
Posted at 10:11 AM, Oct 02, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — The state released guidance Thursday on tips and tricks to celebrate Halloween along with alternatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The individual risk from some Halloween activities, like trick-or-treating door-to-door, may seem lower, because people are outdoors and interactions may be short," the state said in a release. "But, when lots of people participate in lower-risk activities at the same time, it raises the potential for disease spread across the state."

The state is recommending alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating with lining your driveway with candy, using a plastic slide or pipes to deliver candy from a distance, and taking children on a treasure hunt to look for candy and Halloween-themed items.

If you do decide to celebrate Halloween, the state says outdoor gatherings in smaller groups is safest with mask-wearing. Masks that come with costumes do not provide the same protection against COVID-19.

Depending on the county's level on the COVID-19 dial, there are various ideas offered for celebrating. To see the full guidance, click here.

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