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Doctor weighs in on Southern Nevada Health District's Halloween guidelines

Posted at 10:12 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 11:15:09-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas doctor is weighing in on new safety tips from the Southern Nevada Health District when it comes to celebrating Halloween.

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Dr. Daliah Wachs says the haunted houses may be safer than you think when it comes to protections from COVID-19.

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“As long as they space out the people going in, they can space out the line and they can make sure whoever jumps out at you keeps their distance,” says Dr. Wachs.

Trick-or-treating is another fan favorite, however, SNHD is pushing for alternatives like organizing drive-up trick or treating instead of walking door-to-door.

“A block party with social distancing and passing around candy among neighbors you know might be the ideal way to do this,” says Dr. Wachs. “Kids can spread COVID-19 even if they might not be as impacted as other populations."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released their own guidelines saying that traditional trick-or-treating is a high-risk Halloween activity.

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Southern Nevada Health District officials say homeowners should not hand out candy if they’re sick and to use duct tape to mark 6-foot lines in front of your home.