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scrooged?!.....Los Angeles cancels Halloween......
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 09, 2020 04:47PM
......no door-to-door trick or treating....haunted houses....or Halloween carnivals.....


L.A. County walks back Halloween ban, says trick-or-treating ‘not recommended’

....Less than a day after issuing new health guidelines that banned trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities, Los Angeles County public health officials walked back the decision Wednesday.

Citing an inability to maintain safe social distancing and the potential for gatherings beyond household members, county officials initially nixed trick-or-treating along with other Halloween traditions, including haunted houses and parades.

But Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday that the guidelines have been “slightly revised.”

Ferrer said the change distinguishes between activities originally prohibited under the health officer order from activities that are “not recommended.”

This year, it’s just not safe to celebrate in the ways we usually do,” Ferrer said. “We are recommending that trick-or-treating not happen this year.”

The Department of Public Health previously said that because some of the traditional ways in which Halloween is celebrated do not allow contact with non-household members to be minimized, it is important to identify safer alternatives.

“Trunk-or-treat” events involving car-to-car candy dispersal, which are sometimes held by churches or schools, also are not recommended under the revised order.

The news was not well-received by some residents, and even a few celebrities took umbrage with the rules. (Warning: Link includes profanity.)

“I do not agree with the new measures in place,” said Joanna Cortez, an Elysian Valley resident with two nieces and a baby on the way.

“Trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity,” she said, noting that wrapped and packaged candy can easily be sanitized before being consumed. “We can have measures in place like social distancing and leaving out candy in a bowl for children versus actually handing out candy.”

L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, whose Fourth District includes many of the beach cities, said in a statement: “Even a pandemic can’t cancel Halloween — in fact, it’s the only day of the year we were expected to wear masks before this crisis started. Be safe, practice physical distancing, and get creative about how you celebrate with your kids this year.”

But other community members weren’t so sure. James Lamb said that in previous years, he’s had hundreds of trick-or-treaters at his Burbank home on Halloween, but in light of the pandemic, it doesn’t seem like a good idea this year.

“I don’t think there is any good alternative at this point, short of buying your own kids candy and just staying home, unfortunately,” said Lamb, the father of an immunocompromised child.

Health officials insist it can be difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors when children are trick-or-treating.

Other Halloween events, including large gatherings or parties with non-household members — either indoors or outside, will not be permitted under the new health order.

And despite the potential for disappointed children, representatives from the candy industry said they, too, stand behind the county’s decision.

“We appreciate L.A. County’s guidance on how to celebrate the Halloween season in Southern California in ways that inspire creativity and keep Californians safe,” Carly Schildhaus of the National Confectioners Assn. said Wednesday.

The latest guidelines also prevent carnivals, festivals and haunted house attractions, and instead encourage online parties, car parades that comply with vehicle parade protocols and Halloween movie nights at drive-in theaters that meet health and safety standards.

Annual Halloween events such as Knott’s Scary Farm and the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland have already been canceled because of the pandemic.......



Hall.....to the no........?!



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Re: scrooged?!.....Los Angeles cancels Halloween......
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 09, 2020 06:03PM
...and Christmas is next!





It is what it is.
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Re: scrooged?!.....Los Angeles cancels Halloween......
Posted by: RgrF
Date: September 09, 2020 07:23PM
Thanksgiving gets a pass?
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Re: scrooged?!.....Los Angeles cancels Halloween......
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 09, 2020 08:29PM
No one's going to take a pass on a holiday dedicated to eating and football.



It is what it is.
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Re: scrooged?!.....Los Angeles cancels Halloween......
Posted by: Don C
Date: September 09, 2020 11:39PM
Maybe we can borrow a tradition and hide candy in the back yard under the leaves and let the kids find it. No virus spreading needed.

Football that far into the season is not a sure thing. Eating is though.
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Re: scrooged?!.....Los Angeles cancels Halloween......
Posted by: d4
Date: September 10, 2020 07:04AM
I already broke the news to my kids and cancelled Halloween months ago in my household. No parties. No trick or treating. No giving out candy. I didn't wait for a govt/civic/public entity to make it official first. I'll buy some "better quality" candy for my kids to make it up to them.



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Re: scrooged?!.....Los Angeles cancels Halloween......
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 10, 2020 08:26PM
I guess we'll just be egging houses from a distance.
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