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Physician gives warning, advice for trick-or-treating this Halloween

Posted at 9:47 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 23:51:30-04

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — Trick-or-treating this Halloween weekend is strongly discouraged by physicians and the Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC warns going door-to-door poses a ‘high risk’ of passing along more than just candy.

“It’s Halloween so it’s got to be scary at Halloween,” said four-year-old Cece Prince.

Cece Prince and her two brothers can’t wait to show off their costumes Saturday night.

"You go with a lot of friends and go in a big huge block,” said six-year-old Rowen Prince.

"I think it is important for them to dress up and act normal for that day in a not so normal world right now,” Caroline Prince said, Cottonwood Heights mom.

Caroline Prince said there will be precautions and of course, a tube used to drop candy down to visitors.

With record high numbers of COVID-19 in Utah and overwhelmed hospitals, Intermountain Health infectious disease Dr. Todd Vento discourages families from trick-or-treating.

“We don’t recommend people do activities where they are going to put themselves within six feet of others for extended periods and they aren’t able to use masks. That’s the firm recommendation from the science,” said Dr. Vento.

That said, Dr. Vento understands some Utah families will celebrate Halloween the traditional way.

“At a minimum the priorities stay the same: wearing a face covering, keeping six feet from those who aren’t in your immediate family, not your extended family,” said Dr. Vento.

That’s the Prince’s plan. Caroline said neighborhood moms are already making sure everyone is on the same page.

"We don’t want the virus and we don’t want those who are vulnerable to get it but we can live life and be safe while doing it,” said Caroline.