Transcript for How to celebrate Halloween safely amid the pandemic
The ceremony set for next month in Rome. How coronavirus is affecting Halloween. The holiday is just six days away but cities across the country are banning parades and trick-or-treating as covid cases surge nationwide. Eva pilgrim joins us now from outside a home in Brooklyn, new York, still embracing the holiday spirit. Good morning there, Eva. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Yeah, the owner says he wasn't planning to decorate but his neighbors really encouraged him to do so so they put some signs all around the property telling people to social distance and to wear masks and people seemed to be following those guidelines but in other parts of the country, cities are not taking any risks, really locking Halloween down. Halloween may not be canceled but it's going to look a lot different this year. We don't want door-tdoor trick-or-treating period. Reporter: El Paso tamping down Halloween plans. The city seeing close to 11,000 active cases, hospitals beyond their max now asking people to stay home for the next two weeks to reduce the spread and ease the strain on the hospitals. Beverly hills approving an urgency ordinance banning trick-or-treating, restricting giving candy, treats or toys to anyone not in your household warning rule breakers will be issued citations. Nderstand the disappointment that all children have, but even though it was a difficult decision, it really was the right decision to make in this day and time. Reporter: Cities in at least 37 states changing some of their Halloween plans, most canceling community events. It's very high risk. I do consider it highrisk. Reporter: In New York City, the city's Halloween parade that usually draws some 50,000 people called off. The mayor saying, no, to inside trick-or-treating this year. Thank you. Reporter: The CDC putting out a guideline warning people to avoid high-risk Halloween activities like door-to-door trick-or-treating or car to car trunk-or-treating. Indoor costume parties or haunted houses or hayrides with people not in your household. Trick-or-treat, smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. Reporter: Instead encouraging people to lower risk plans like socially distanced pumpkin carving, Halloween scavenger hunts and Y you want to trick-or-treat try the one way version where you pick up wrapped goody bags lined up at the end of a driveway or edge of a yard. Trying to reduce the numbers of interactions and keep social distancing and keep mask wearing. If you achieve all those things and still get some candy you're Thank you. Reporter: And if you are planning to dress up, experts say think about your mask. You don't want to use your costume in place of the two-ply fabric mask, instead wear something to incorporate it into your costume or just buy a Halloween themed mask instead. Makes a lot of sense. Let's bring in Dr. Jen Ashton for more. Jen, we saw the CDC recommendations. What's your best advic to parents about trick-or-treating? Well, I think, George, we have to understand that these are the consequences to the virus not being under control. So that's why the CDC, public health cia, end deem mol gists taking it seriously. We don't want trick-or-treaters to bring coronavirus to someone's door or to leave someone's door with this virus. So I think the advice is be creative. There's no such thing as zero risk today but according to the CDC, virtual events or events done just at your home with the people with whom you live really the safest thing this year, unfortunately. We know some people are going to trick-or-treat anyway. Should parents wipe down the candy their kids collect? Well, you know, all the existing data, George, at this point really points to the fact that this virus spreads primarily through the air, through droplets or aerosolized particles so surface contact not a major root of transmission, wiping down candy is not a recommendation by the CDC but washing your hands is and always will be. And I can't even imagine people are actually going to consider haunted houses this year and indoor Halloween parties. Exactly and I think that's because those four element, time, how long will you be in a given area, whether you're indoors or outdoors, the place, whether there's good ventilation ornot, whether people are masked, how far apart you are from people, all of those factors really stack the deck this year more than ever. Okay, Jen Ashton, thanks very for more tips on how to celebrate Halloween safely go to our website.
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