MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health officials in Wisconsin are recommending against trick-or-treating as usual this Halloween because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Going house-to-house and having in-person contact is not a good idea, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.READ MORE: Otis 'Popeye' Givens Charged With Murder In Mpls. Parking Garage Shooting
If individual communities decide to go ahead with traditional trick-or-treating, health officials recommend leaving individual treat bags on the porch for children to pick up.
“Even though being outside decreases the risk, being in close contact with people you don’t live with increases the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19,” the department’s guidance says.READ MORE: OMNI Brewing In Maple Grove Offers Free Beer For Showing Vaccine Card
Some Wisconsin communities have scheduled trick-or-treat times as usual, with suggestions for taking precautions. Other communities are conferring with their local health departments before making a decision.
At least one community in Wisconsin, Antigo, has already canceled trick-or-treating.MORE NEWS: 'A Champion Of Those On The Outside': Jim Klobuchar, Who Spent Decades As Star Tribune Columnist, Has Died At 93
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