While Thanksgiving is still two months away, local and national health officials have indicated already that holidays in 2020 will — and should — look different for most families than in years past.
As October nears, Skagit County health officials said they discourage in-person trick-or-treating this year, and the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce canceled its treat-or-treating event to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Downtown Edmonds cancels trick-or-treating as pandemic Halloween looms
Public Health — Seattle & King County released advice for safer Halloween celebration options, while recognizing that we all need “some festivity, especially in the midst of all we’ve had to deal with this year.” Luckily, a number of spooky activities for Halloween can be held outside, and mask wearing is part of the holiday.
That said, there are still risks, as with almost any activity during the ongoing pandemic. When planning for Halloween or the holiday season, health officials say to follow the same basic recommendations: limit close contact with other people, limit touch points, and practice good hand hygiene.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has a list of safe, low-risk Halloween activities.
Thanksgiving, unlike Halloween, is a time when many people travel to see relatives or friends and celebrate together.
“Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC warns. “Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved.”
Officials with the CDC recommend: having a small dinner with

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