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Traditional Trick-or-Treating Discouraged in Kentucky's Halloween Guidelines

Guidelines released by the Kentucky Department for Public Health recommend avoiding activities it lists as "high-risk," such as door-to-door trick-or-treating, costume parties, haunted houses, hayrides, and any event with large crowds.

Posted: Oct 1, 2020 3:50 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 3:53 PM

The Kentucky Department for Public Health on Thursday released guidelines for Halloween as the Fall season approaches.

The guidance released by KDPH recommends avoiding activities categorized as "high-risk", such as door-to-door trick-or-treating, costume parties, haunted houses, hayrides, and any event with large crowds.

It recommends several activities as alternatives for traditional Halloween events such as pumpkin carving, decorating, and having virtual costume contests.

Above all, KDPH's guidance asks the public to follow three rules at all events: Wear a face covering, sanitize hands often, and maintain six feet distance from others.

KDPH says the guidance is "designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19" and that it will be "reassessed and update as the situation evolves" in the weeks leading up to Halloween 2020.

For additional guidance from KDPH on Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

You can view the main guidance issued by KDPH below.

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