ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says Halloween in St. Louis is not canceled this year. She and Dr. Fred Echols, Director of the City of St. Louis Department of Health, held a briefing this morning to issue guidelines to make sure families had a safe and healthy Halloween during the pandemic.
City officials are asking residents to take a few extra precautions this year and say it is important that people continue to wear masks, social distance, and practice good hand hygiene. Also, Dr. Echols is asking people that are sick to stay home this year.
“We are still in the middle of a pandemic,” reminded Dr. Echols. He said COVID has been stressful but says Halloween can be a break from that if people follow the guidelines.
He suggests having prepackaged goodies so people don’t have to put their hands into baskets and grab candy.
He also suggested maybe having a socially distanced trunk-or-treat, or have people drive-by homes to get candy.
When it comes to costumes, he says ones with masks are face coverings but they can become hot. He suggests having another mask with you just in case that’s the case.
St. Louis City is not encouraging haunted houses but there are specific requirements they should be following. Dr. Echols said businesses can send their plans to the city so they can be reviewed to make sure everyone is safe.
Meanwhile, Illinois has already released its guidelines for the spooky celebration. Some of those include hayrides and orchard visits being allowed but no haunted houses.
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