IDPH Releases Halloween Guidelines, Restrictions on Festivities

IDPH Releases Halloween Guidelines, Restrictions on Festivities

SPRINGFIELD – Often criticized for refusing to backtrack postponing high school fall sports such as football and volleyball, Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration Wednesday unveiled restrictions on Halloween festivities.

Rather than trick-or-treating this year, parents are recommended to arrange outdoor gatherings where kids and a parent wearing face masks could pick out candy spread out on tables, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.

“For anyone wearing a costume, whether a child or an adult, a costume mask is not a substitute for face coverings,” Ezike said. “If face coverings are worn under the costume mask, please ensure that this does not create any breathing problems. And if it does, don’t discard your face covering. Put the costume mask aside.”

The rules forbid haunted houses, but allow for hayrides and visits to pumpkin patches and orchards, with limits on participation that allow for proper social distancing.

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