SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) – Following final yr’s cancellations, well being officers in Sonoma County gave the inexperienced gentle for trick-or-treating this Halloween and supplied tricks to stay secure from COVID-19.
Well being officer Dr. Sundari Mase stated households can “confidently take pleasure in” celebrations for Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos celebrations held outdoor. Mase stated indoor actions the place a number of households combine, together with indoor mazes, events and haunted homes, have greater danger as many youngsters usually are not eligible to be vaccinated.
Officers additionally stated masks proceed to be required in indoor public settings and are really useful in non-public settings the place there are people who find themselves unvaccinated or who’ve compromised immune techniques. Costume masks usually are not a substitute, and trick-or-treaters are being instructed to not put on one over a fabric masks, as it may well make respiratory troublesome.
Individuals welcoming trick-or-treaters at their door are urged to put on masks whereas distributing sweet. Mase really useful handing out treats individually or putting them on a desk as a substitute of a communal sweet bowl.
Different suggestions embrace staying house when sick and avoiding giant teams.
“Collectively, all of us must do as a lot as we are able to to guard ourselves and people round us, together with younger youngsters who usually are not but eligible for vaccination,” Mase stated.
The well being officer once more really useful residents who’ve but to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 to obtain their photographs. In keeping with the county’s vaccination dashboard, 78% of eligible residents are totally vaccinated as of Wednesday.
“People who find themselves vaccinated can collect safely with household and associates who’ve additionally been vaccinated, understanding they’re all protected towards extreme sickness, hospitalization and demise as a consequence of COVID-19,” Mase stated.
Earlier this week, infectious illness professional Dr. Anthony Fauci, also gave his approval for trick-or-treating this Halloween, since it’s primarily an outside exercise.
“It is a time that youngsters love. It’s an important a part of the yr for kids,” he stated.