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CLEVELAND (WJW) – The City of Cleveland continues to advise against trick or treating as coronavirus cases rise across the state.
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Governor Mike DeWine announced this week that Cuyahoga County, along with 28 other counties, is turning red again on Ohio's COVID-19 map. In the graphic below you can see that there is high exposure and spreading.
Although residents are being discouraged from attending, Cleveland officials have still set a trick or treating time. It is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween.
They also shared some safety guidelines for those who choose to participate:
Always wear face covering and stay 6 feet away from anyone outside of your household, whether trick or treating, handing out goodies, or attending attractions or events. A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should only be used if it has two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and does not leave any gaps in the face. Do not wear a costume mask over a protective mask, as this can be dangerous if the costume mask makes breathing difficult. Instead, use a cloth mask with a Halloween theme. If you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, avoid attending in-person Halloween celebrations or handing out candy in a trick or treating manner. Wear hand sanitiser and use it frequently, especially after coming in contact with frequently touched surfaces came and before you eat sweets. If you trick or treat your children, limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay away from tidbits as much as possible. For small children, have the bag ready for them. When you get home, wipe candy wrappers with disinfectant wipes. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with a cloth.)
CDC ranks Halloween activities based on COVID-19 risk: no trick or treating, crowded parties, or indoor haunted houses
Cleveland's annual Big City Boo event has also been canceled for this year due to COVID-19. Instead, children are offered sweets to take away.
The candy bags will be available on October 30th from 6pm to 7pm at the Cleveland City's 18 Open Resource and Recreation Centers (NRRCs)
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