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Eugene, Ore.- We know Covid-19 has wrecked havoc on many people’s plans in 2020. One of those events that may look different this year is Halloween. But just because we need to remain safe and vigilant about Covid-19 doesn’t mean we can’t still have some spooky fun!
According to the Oregon Health Authority, reported Covid-19 cases went up following holidays like Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day due to social gatherings. That’s why OHA is recommending Oregonians avoid traditional door-to-door trick or treating or “Trunk or Treat” events. As fun as they may be, they are considered high-risk activities due to possible crowding.
Instead of hitting the streets for trick or treating, OHA is suggesting socially distanced ideas like hosting 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.”