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State issues guidelines for trick-or-treating

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Decorations at Trick or Treat Safety Street in the CVIC Hall in Minden. Halloween parties are a safe alternative to trick or treating on the streets.
Shannon Litz | R-C file photo

Usually, the Halloween question in Douglas County is “when’s trick-or-treating?” However, with the coronavirus outbreak, it’s really whether there will be trick-or-treating.

On Wednesday, the Nevada Health Response issued recommendations for the holiday.

Given the nature of Halloween, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the state is lukewarm on trick-or-treating.

“Many Halloween activities, such as door-to-door trick-or-treating, may appear low risk because they take place outdoors or the interactions may be short,” recommendations for Halloween said. “However, when a lot of people participate in lower-risk activities at the same time it raises the potential for disease spread across the state.”

State health officials suggested that trick-or-treaters follow health recommendations including staying in small groups and wear masks.

Halloween masks aren’t a substitute for a cloth masks, according to the state. Instead, health officials recommend a Halloween-themed cloth mask as part of a costume.

The state is recommending people participate in alternatives to traditional trick or treating to prevent people from mingling.

They suggest neighborhoods plan trick or treating, including ways to hand out candy while social distancing, including using a plastic slide or cardboard tube to deliver candy from a distance, or lining up treats at the end of a driveway.

Other options are as simple as putting candy outside on a porch.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is hosting Trick-or-Treat Safety Street at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Halloween.

The governor’s office issued a statement on Wednesday that the annual Halloween activities at the Governor’s Mansion have been canceled due to low staffing levels.

School children seeking a Halloween related art project are encouraged to participate in the annual Nevada Radon Poster Contest. Entries are due by Oct. 31.

The contest is sponsored by University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Nevada Radon Education Program and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. It is open to all youth ages 9-14 registered at public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense and home schools.

Posters should communicate one of the following messages: 1) What is radon? 2) Where does radon come from? 3) How does radon get into our homes? 4) Radon can cause lung cancer, and 5) Test your home for radon. Posters will be judged on content accuracy, visual communication of the topic, reproducibility and originality. They can be created with crayon, markers, paint, collage, pencil, photographs or computer graphics.

Contact Extension Radon Program Director Susan Howe at 775-336-0248 or shhowe@unr.edu.