UPDATE, 13:34: Devil’s Night returns to the City of Angels.
Less than a day after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health essentially shut down Halloween because of the risk posed by the still-strong coronavirus pandemic, they donned a new costume. In an ongoing press briefing, LACPD Director Dr Barbara Ferrer said the guidelines had already been “revised”.
Previously not permitted, a door-to-door trick or treatment and car-to-car trunk or treatment are now only not recommended by the county. Although COVID-19 remains a major concern in the South, a sudden change is coming as many parents and businesses are outraged by the prospect of keeping the little ones indoors on October 31
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With this in mind, in line with general social constraints and although most attendees are likely to wear masks, “Halloween gatherings, events or parties with non-household members are not allowed, even if held outdoors”. In addition, “carnivals, festivals, live entertainment and attractions of haunted houses are also not allowed.”
PREVIOUSLY, 11:02 a.m .: There is still no official information about the fate of the big family dinners for Thanksgiving, but Halloween is definitely closed this year in Los Angeles due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Trick or door-to-door treatment is not allowed, as it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distance between porches and front doors, especially in neighborhoods that are popular with tricks or traders,” the published guide said. of Los Angeles County. near the magic hour on Tuesday night (read it here).
In addition, “trunk or treatment events in which children go from car to car instead of door to door to get treats are not allowed yet,” the public health department said. “Gatherings or parties with non-members of the household are not allowed, even if they are held outdoors,” adds LACPH. “Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment and attractions of haunted houses are not allowed.”
Even in the event of a recent drop in COVID-19 in the severely affected region, the official closing of the celebrations on 31 October is not a big surprise, even though it is almost two months old.
While Griffith Park’s Haunted Hayride still lives on as a driving experience to watch on a 40-foot screen, other local annual events such as The Harbor Mary’s Dark Harbor in Long Beach and Halloween hunting at Knott’s Berry Farm have announced more early this summer they will be dark because of the virus. And of course, the still-closed Universal Studios made it clear in July that the sprawling and well-attended Halloween nightmares would take place neither in the West Coast nor in Florida.
“Universal Studios Hollywood continues to face ongoing business constraints and uncertainty about the opening date,” said the Comcast-owned company earlier this summer in LA’s still-closed park. “Universal Orlando Resort will focus exclusively on the operation of their theme parks for day guests, using existing procedures to improve health and safety. “
As children knock on doors and families visiting theme parks and immersive experiences this year, “Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween decorations” will be allowed by Los Angeles County. Also, “public parties” respecting public health “Halloween movie nights driving in theaters”, “Halloween themed meals in open-air restaurants”, “Halloween themed art installations in an open-air museum” and “car parades” are still along this morning.
As of 8 p.m. PT on Sept. 7, Los Angeles County has 439 new cases of COVID-19 (including data from Long Beach and Pasadena health services) for a total of 249,241 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic earlier this year. There are a total of 6,036 deaths in the region, with seven new deaths reported on September 8th.