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Douglas County health officials release risk dial for Halloween activities

Posted at 7:46 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 20:46:34-04

OMAHA Neb. (KMTV) - With another holiday right around the corner, comes another risk of COVID transmission.

At Wednesday's press conference, Gov. Pete Ricketts addressed the topic and said Halloween can go on, but not as it has in years past.

"You know what, just like everything else this pandemic, I believe we can have Halloween and kids can go trick-or-treating and we're gonna have to manage that,” he said. “We've had conversations with our public health directors, and I know that they're working on some recommendations with regard to how to do this and still mitigate the spread of the virus."

On Wednesday, the Douglas County Health Department released those recommendations and a risk dial for Halloween activities from low to high.

The lowest risk activity is having a treat search in and around your house with members of your household.

A moderate risk activity includes one-way trick or treating where individually wrapped goody bags are left out for families to grab while keeping social distance.

The highest risk activity includes visiting a crowded haunted house.

To avoid another holiday spike in cases, health officials urge everyone to take extra precautions.

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