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How to enjoy Halloween safely during the pandemic

Many parents are wondering how to do Halloween in the time of COVID-19, and the Virginia Department of Health has developed some guidelines to help them make wise decisions.

Maintaining a sense of normalcy when possible is imperative during a pandemic, according to a press release from Dr. Richard Williams of the Three Rivers Health District. It’s especially important for children, and celebrating holidays and special occasions helps with this.

When celebrating Halloween, remember that any activity that places people close to each other increases the risk of an exposure significant enough for viral transmission to occur, said Williams. Wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, limiting the time spent close to others, and proper hand washing help reduce the risk of transmission.

Trick-or-treaters should wear a cloth mask under their Halloween mask.

The VDH guidance breaks activities down to to lowest, moderate, or highest risk categories.

Lowest risk activities inclu...

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