Trick-or-treating ‘not recommended,’ haunted houses prohibited by Shelby County health guidelines


SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department released guidelines for those wanting to celebrate Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the health department, haunted houses, parades, carnivals, festivals and halloween parties that draw large crowds are prohibited under current guidelines.

Trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating is not recommended as it can be hard to social distance. But, health officials are aware that many will still take part in the tradition.

“Regardless of what is recommended, personal behavior and choices are dictating what people are doing,” Dr. David Sweat, Chief of Epidemiology, said.

While covid is less frequently found in young children when compared to adults or seniors, transmission is still possible. Families we spoke with say they’re choosing caution over going door-to-door.

For people who are interested in celebrating Halloween but doing so safely, below is a list of safe activities.

Recommended activities include:

  • Online parties and costume contests
  • Drive-by events
  • Halloween movie nights at drive-in theatres
  • Decorating your home
  • Any outdoor activity where kids can remain socially distanced

The release of the guidelines come the same day health officials said recent data trends indicate that Shelby County is now experiencing its fall wave of COVID-19.

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