(Updated) Los Angeles County health officials officially canceled a variety of Halloween events, including door to door trick or treating and home haunts, before walking back the ban on candy giveaways.
The moves, which came more than seven weeks in advance of the holiday, provided another sobering reminder that we are far from getting back to any type of pre-pandemic normal in Southern California.
The guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health initially prohibited door to door trick or treating as well as "trunk or treat" alternatives, out of concern that they would not support safe physical distancing. This afternoon, health officials walked that back to to saying that candy giveaways are "not recommended."
However, "carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions" remain prohibited, as are parties or gatherings with non-household members, even if they are held outdoors.
The county is allowing automobile-based Halloween events, such as the drive-through haunts that have been announced for this year. Drive-in Halloween movies are okay, too, as are Halloween-themed meals in approved outdoors restaurants. And feel free to do ahead and decorate your home to your dark heart's content.
Remembering the good times from last year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, which has been canceled for 2020....
The state's move yesterday to switch neighboring Orange County into a less-restrictive tier that allowed the partial return of indoor dining had raised hopes among some theme park fans that Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm had moved a step closer to their return. And maybe they have. But Los Angeles County's decision illustrates that many steps remain on the road to reopening.
Los Angeles County is the state's largest and is home to Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain. It remains in the most restrictive, Purple, tier in California's new pandemic rating system.Tweet
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