Coronavirus: Will Minnesota ban trick-or-treating like Los Angeles County?

A state health official says it's premature to decide right now.
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Los Angeles County in California has already banned door-to-door trick-or-treating on Halloween this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but health leaders say it's still too early to make a ruling Halloween in Minnesota. 

"A really valid issue and something that we should be looking at as we move into late October," said Kris Ehresmann, infectious disease director at the Minnesota Department of Health. 

"At this point, it would be premature for us to make any decisions simply because we have six to seven more weeks of disease transmission to monitor and that will inform us if things are getting better or getting worse."

In Los Angeles County, children will not be allowed to trick-or-treat door-to-door, nor are they allowed to go "trunk or treating," which would see kids move from vehicle to vehicle to receive treats. 

The ban is in place because "it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors," Los Angeles County Public Health Department said. 

Also not allowed are gatherings or parties with non-household members, even if the parties are held outdoors. Basically, Halloween in Los Angeles County will consist of online parties or car parades. 

Ehresmann said Minnesotans should expected to receive guidance for Halloween "a little closer to the date." Community transmission of COVID-19 is high right now in Minnesota, though case counts have been lower to start this week due to reporting days following a three-day holiday weekend. 

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, which is typically ideal for parents and children who have to work or go to school the next morning when the holiday happens Sunday-Thursday. 

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