Los Angeles County Changes Decision on Trick-or-Treating Ban

Los Angeles County issued a release dictating that trick-or-treating will not be permitted this Halloween, but opposition forced them to reverse course.

Children trick or treating on Halloween night in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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Children trick or treating on Halloween night in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Los Angeles County tried to essentially cancel Halloween in wake of COVID-19.

The L.A. County Department of Health issued a memo Saturday announcing that trick-or-treating will not be allowed this year since "it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing." The release also explains there's no guarantee that the person answering the door is taking the appropriate precautionary measures, and providing candy that wouldn't put a child's health at risk.

It's also noted that "trunk or treating," or the act of children going car-to-car, instead of door-to-door, is also not recommended. But then again, when was it ever OK, pre-COVID, for a child to walk up to a random adult’s car in search of candy? As an alternative, the department suggests people create a drive-in event where bags can be handed out to attendees who remain in their vehicle.

L.A. County was also forbidding residents from holding Halloween gatherings, events, or parties with non-household members. However, the department softened its stance amid overwhelming pushback.

Your gonna ban people from door to door trick or treating? LA county has lost is freakin mind https://t.co/UZwaIOu0an

— OC Scanner (@OC_Scanner) September 9, 2020


This is just stupid. Trick-or-treating is outdoors! https://t.co/0lBdpuoKhE

— Karol Markowicz (@karol) September 9, 2020

Since when did the Government outline the rules for trick or treating???!! Fuck outta here with that 😂🤦🏽‍♂️

— Andrew (@ChaconAP_13) September 9, 2020

This sucks! It’s very, very possible to implement guidelines that make trick-or-treating safer: people can leave candy on porches and wave through windows, wear masks, ring bell and stand far back on sidewalk...any number of things. https://t.co/kXWNU6D7VF

— Natalie Shure (@nataliesurely) September 9, 2020

"Our guidelines have been slightly revised, so we'd ask that people go back and look at them to distinguish between those activities that are not permitted by the health officer order -- that includes events, gatherings parties -- those are just not allowed," Barbara Ferrer, director of the L.A. County Department of Health, said, per ABC7. 

The guidelines have changed such activities as trick-or-treating from "not permitted" to "not recommended." 

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