Public health guidelines surrounding Halloween in Los Angeles are being revised from a ban on trick-or-treating, to simply a recommendation that people don’t go door-to-door on Halloween.
“We are recommending that trick-or-treating not happen this year,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer said at a news conference. “It’s just not sensible in a pandemic," she added.
Though trick-or-treating typically takes place outdoors, Ferrer cautioned that there's no guarantee that when you go trick-or-treating the person opening the door will be wearing a mask, that the person is not sick or that they haven't touched the candy being offered.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said his deputies will not be enforcing the issue.
“We’re going to leave that alone. We want parents out there to practice some common sense,” he said live on Facebook. “By the time October 31 rolls around, let’s see what the conditions are at that time. And if there’s some type of trick-or-treating that will be permissible, that’s going to be up to the public health experts on that.”