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Alabama public health officials have concerns with Halloween gatherings and coronavirus

Halloween will fall on Saturday.

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 7:19 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2020 7:47 PM

Every North Alabama county but one is considered "high risk" for spreading coronavirus. The increased risk levels come the week before the Halloween holiday.

Because of that risk, the Alabama Department of Public Health is urging people to be safe to prevent another spike in cases.

Going and knocking door to door to get candy is a high-risk way to celebrate Halloween, according to Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health. Instead, you should put out candy on a table to avoid any direct contact.

Landers said the state is trending up when it comes to hospitalizations. She said if people don't take proper precautions this weekend, we could be in the same situation we were over the summer, when some hospital systems became overloaded.

Landers said there are still some safe ways to celebrate the holiday. For trick or treating, she recommends drive-thru events instead of going door to door. And she says it's OK to gather for group activities if it's a small number of people and happening outside.

Her biggest concern is that people will choose to have large parties indoors.

"There is an increased opportunity for transmission. I mean certainly people want to celebrate, and perhaps if there could be a small group that you're generally around and everyone is taking similar measures to reduce COVID-19," said Landers.

Landers stressed the importance of wearing a mask. She said the state didn't see a big increase in cases after the Labor Day weekend because that was the first holiday that the mask order was in effect.

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