“Since some of the traditional ways in which this holiday is celebrated does not allow you to minimize contact with non-household members, it is important to plan early and identify safer alternatives,” the department guidance state.
To date, Los Angeles County has seen almost 250,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Further, California has seen more cases (745,000) than any other state.
County officials, however, said they will allow Halloween car parades and drive-by events, online parties and drive-in type movies.
The Southern California county isn’t the only place imposing Halloween restrictions.
Salem, Mass., where Halloween events comprise 30% of tourism revenue, has canceled several events including its grand parade, street fair, truck festival and Halloween vendors marketplace.
“With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still presenting a significant public health and safety threat this year, many of the official events and activities that constitute Haunted Happenings will be either canceled or scaled back,” the city said on its website.
A Harris Poll last month showed that barely a quarter of U.S. parents said they will take their children trick-or-treating on or around Oct. 31.