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Mayor urges residents to celebrate Halloween safely to prevent COVID-19′s spread

Baby Kailani celebrates her first Halloween in Hawaii.
Baby Kailani celebrates her first Halloween in Hawaii.(Brendan Beloy)
Updated: Oct. 26, 2020 at 2:47 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is urging residents to celebrate Halloween safely, avoiding gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Please, please be careful,” said Caldwell, noting that Oahu could see some restrictions eased in November if new cases remain low.

“Please don’t be tempted" to gather, he said.

The state Health Department has said that it is not safe to trick-or-treat this year.

Instead, families are urged to celebrate at home with safe activities, like pumpkin carving.

“It’s more important than ever to put safety first,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char.

“Gatherings on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day led to spikes in positive cases in Hawaii. This Halloween, be extra mindful as you navigate how to safely celebrate."

The state said traditional trick-or-treating poses a “high risk” for COVID-19 exposure. Other high-risk activities include indoor Halloween parties and indoor haunted house.

Activities that pose a moderate risk include events in which wrapped goodie bags are handed out. Events like these are planned across the state for Halloween.

For tips on how to celebrate Halloween safely, click here.

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