Children have the green light this year for trick-or-treating. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are “allowing” children nationwide to partake in trick or treating this October.
According to the CDC, “Cases are decreasing in the U.S. by 13% in the final week of September.”
Children are being advised to wear face masks correctly, or even incorporate masks into their costumes. Children who are still unvaccinated are advised to social distance from others as well as wear masks.
“I think that, particularly if you’re vaccinated, you can get out there and enjoy it,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to CNN.
Fauci recommended that families stay outdoors while trick-or-treating and do so in small groups. It is recommended that candy and treats are pre-packaged.
“Having a younger brother, you just want them to get the experiences you got as a child. One last time,” Maryville College sophomore Dylan Mcdowell said.
Mcdowell said it is a great thing that children are being given the “green light” to go trick or treating this year.
“It means a lot to parents especially whenever they get to see their kids happy,” Mcdowell said .
“People wanting to enjoy the holiday on Oct.31, should consider getting the shots for that extra degree of protection if they are not yet vaccinated,” Fauci said.
The current average for COVID cases is 75,498 per day. Also, the vaccination rate is currently trending upwards and is currently at 57%, according to the New York Times.
This will be Calum Shank’s first year on ECHO staff, but he made several contributions while taking journalism class his freshman year.