RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The director of the CDC said this year’s Halloween should “absolutely” include trick-or-treating.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday where host Margaret Brennan asked about trick-or-treating this year.
“If you are able to be outdoors, absolutely,” Walensky said. “We should be able to let our kids go trick-or-treating in small groups, and I hope that we can do that this year.”
The CDC offered these tips for a safe Halloween:
- Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
- A costume mask is NOT a substitute for a cloth mask.
- Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
- Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.
- Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
This is a departure from last year when the CDC discouraged traditional trick-or-treating and said: “many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses.”