CDC issues Halloween 2020 guidelines, color-coded COVID-19 risk map


CHICAGO, I.L. (NewsNation) – What will Halloween look like this year? One thing’s for sure: It will be different than in years past. Halloween 2020 will have a full blue moon, on a Saturday, at Daylight Savings Time, amid a global pandemic.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new coronavirus guidelines and an interactive map to help families stay safe this Halloween.

The interactive map features color-coded risk levels for each county throughout the country. There are four risk levels: green, yellow, orange, and red—with green representing the least amount of risk and red being the most. The colors are based on the current COVID-19 case and death count data.

The map was developed by the Harvard Global Health Institute.

“Families and policy-makers need clear and consistent information when it comes to COVID-19 risks to inform decision-making, including how to participate safely in the upcoming Halloween holiday and trick-or-treating activities associated with it,” said Dr. Ingrid Katz, Infectious Diseases Expert, and Associate Faculty Director at the Harvard Global Health Institute.

They also have recommended activities based on the risk zone.

  • Green Zone: The CDC says trick or treating can proceed normally, as long as social distancing guidelines are in place. Small parties with close friends are OK as well.
  • Yellow Zone: Trick or treating is still possible, but the CDC says to make sure the places you are visiting follow safety protocols so you can stay safe. Any partygoers should be wearing face masks indoors.
  • Orange Zone: The CDC recommends “trick or treat in reverse!” This means that kids can get dressed up in their favorite costumes and hang out in their front yards, and neighbors can walk or drive by and deliver candy to kids. Parties should be outdoors only with social distancing guidelines followed.
  • Red Zone: Trick or treating is not recommended. The CDC says there are too many risks involved. Instead, they recommend Zoom parties, Netflix parties, and setting up candy stations inside and outside of the house for kids to discover throughout the night.

The CDC advises that you use the map to make sure your county is safe and follow social distancing guidelines.

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