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Keeping cornavirus transmission low on Halloween

Posted at 6:43 AM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 16:54:41-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Coronavirus infection rates have risen in Southern Nevada in advance of Halloween night and the annual Trick-or-Treat events scheduled across the Las Vegas Valley.

The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) has issued several warnings and guidelines in an attempt to lower transmission rates while allowing kids to get the candy they've looked forward to all year.

SNHD officials said trick-or-treaters should only leave their home with people they live with, wear a cloth mask, and trick-or-treat in the same direction to avoid passing other people.

They said to stay home if someone doesn't feel well in the home.

For people handing out candy, the SNHD said to mark a line six feet from the front door and distribute candy from the table without touching it.

Dr. Kristin Englund with Cleveland Clinic said these tips are just a few designed to help stem the spread of COVID-19 while enjoying Halloween.

"Make sure that they're able to get their little treats in a safe fashion and staying a good six feet apart from those folks who are in the homes," she said, "so whether that means being creative and leaving candy at the end of your sidewalk."

The people who won't be Trick-or-Treating will still need to get creative to have fun, SNHD officials said.

For example, people could throw a costume party over Zoom to avoid getting into close contact with others.