It looks like trick-or-treating is off the table for Halloween this year.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults and children should change their typical Halloween plans to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.
On Monday, the US health agency provided new guidelines on its website to suggest which activities are low risk and which are high risk.
“Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses,” the agency said on its website. “There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween.”
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Lower-risk activities include pumpkin carving within your household, or doing it outside at a safe distance from neighbors and friends. Families can also have a movie night or a virtual costume contest.
Higher-risk activities include trick-or-treating, attending crowded costume parties indoors, going to indoor haunted houses, participating in hayrides or trace rides with people not in your household, and traveling to a rural community for a fall festival.