The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a list of safety guidelines ahead of next month's Halloween festivities.
The CDC noted that some Halloween activities can increase the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19 or influenza.
The CDC recommends that people take the following safety precautions:
- Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
- Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
- Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
- Wash hands before handling treats.
- Wear a mask.
The agency said children should wear cloth masks when they're trick-or-treating, adding that a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
The CDC also said costume masks shouldn't be worn over a cloth mask because it can make breathing more difficult.
Children under the age of 2 and those who have trouble breathing should not wear masks, the CDC said.
Find the full list of guidelines here.
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