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Don't shoot the messenger...but the big boss of all things medical in Rochester has revealed their recommendation for trick-or-treating this year.

Parents, you are going to want to sit down for this. Those who are organizing events for kids and families, you may want to reconsider your "safe" plans, because Mayo Clinic is telling the world that it is not safe with their latest announcement on newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.

"We are discouraging any door to door trick-or-treating, even trunk-or-treat type activities. Those are really difficult to maintain physical distancing and therefore they carry risk of transmission of infection."  Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases specialist.

Besides trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treat events, Mayo Clinic is also discouraging any type of indoor Halloween parties.  You could invite people over and have your event outside, but unfortunately, as the story states, there just isn't a way to reduce the risk 100% when people from different households get together.

What could you do that is a safer alternative this Halloween?  Dr. Rajapakse shared a few fun ideas:

 

  • Carve pumpkins with members of your household.
  • Decorate your house, apartment or living space.
  • Have a virtual Halloween costume contest.
  • Have a Halloween movie night with your household members.
  • Have a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going door to door.

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