L.A. Halloween trick-or-treating cancelled amid COVID-19

Chalk up yet another 2020 occasion to be canceled by the coronavirus: Halloween.

Trick-or-treating, haunted homes and Halloween parades have been nixed below new Los Angeles County well being pointers.

“Since a few of the conventional methods through which this vacation is well known doesn’t will let you reduce contact with non-household members, it is very important plan early and determine safer alternate options,” the Division of Public Well being stated in an announcement.

Trick-or-treating received’t be allowed “as a result of it may be very tough to keep up correct social distancing on porches and at entrance doorways,” well being officers stated.

“Trunk or deal with” occasions, which contain car-to-car sweet dispersal and are typically held by church buildings or faculties, are also banned. As well as, massive gatherings or events with non-household members — both indoors or outdoors — will even not be permitted below the new health order.

The newest pointers additionally stop carnivals, festivals and haunted home points of interest, and as a substitute encourage on-line events, car parades that adjust to car parade protocols and Halloween film nights at drive-in theaters that meet well being and security requirements.

Annual Halloween occasions comparable to Knott’s Scary Farm and the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland have already been canceled due to the pandemic.

The county received’t strip away all Halloween celebrations. Halloween meals at out of doors eating places, Halloween-themed artwork installations at out of doors museums and dressing up properties and yards with decorations are nonetheless allowed — supplied they adjust to countywide COVID-19 protocols.

The newest pointers comply with a scorching scorching Labor Day weekend, through which public well being officers urged residents to stay home to keep away from holiday-related outbreaks comparable to these tied to Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

As of Wednesday, COVID-19 has claimed more than 13,800 lives in California, with over 744,00zero confirmed instances.