State releases guidance on Halloween during coronavirus

State releases guidance on Halloween during coronavirus

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Lance Himes, interim director of the Ohio Department of Health, released Halloween guidance for the state during the coronavirus.

Himes is urging all Ohioans to use caution and plan ahead for celebrating Halloween amid the pandemic.

According to Himes, decisions on whether to participate in Halloween festivities should be made by local communities, individuals, and parents or guardians.

The guidance from the Ohio Department of Health includes recommended activities from drive-through or drive-in trick-or-treating, drive-by costume or car decorating contests, or even holding costume parties online.

The state is strongly recommending that hayrides and haunted houses should be canceled or avoided.

People avoiding haunted houses is a frightening thought for people like Bud Stross, who co-founded the Dent Schoolhouse.

“There is no mandate to stop Halloween, there’s no mandate to stop haunted houses,” Stross explained. “and that would be huge because all of these haunted houses are small businesses. So we are doing everything we can to remain open because it is our livelihood.”

Stross says they are taking precautions right down to the masks the actors will be wearing.

Stross says he has submitted his opening plan to the Hamilton County Health Department and it has been approved.

The Hamilton County Health Department is working with these small businesses to help keep them open.

The Ohio Department of Health suggests to not hold large in-person Halloween parties and to always wear a face mask.

Himes said the guidance will be reassessed and updated as the situation evolves leading up to Halloween.

Read the full list of Halloween guidance for Ohio below:

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