Victoria County Public Health Department responds to new CDC Halloween guidelines

Victoria County Public Health Department responds to new CDC Halloween guidelines

VICTORIA, Texas – Halloween this year may look a bit different.

New guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states trick-or-treating and even participating in crowded costume parties are considered high risk activities.

Even making a visit to indoor haunted houses is high risk for spreading COVID-19.

According to the CDC, moderate risk activities include visiting pumpkin patches or attending a costume party held outside. Of course, this can be done while wearing protective masks and maintaining more than six feet apart.

If you prefer to just spend time with your family at home, there are lower risk activities you can do to stay safe.

Families are encouraged to host a virtual Halloween costume contest or carve and decorate pumpkins with close members, the CDC suggested.

Newscenter 25 spoke with the Victoria County Public Health Department about the recommendations issued by the CDC.

“In response to the recent CDC guidance on Halloween, the Victoria County Public Health Department advises the public to follow the recommendations set forth by the CDC,” said David Gonzales. “[This] is to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19, at this time there are no plans to enforce and restrictions on private gatherings.”

This is also a time to remember to always make the most out of any situation.

For a complete list of recommendations, please visit

If you are a family or individual who plan to celebrate Halloween a bit different this year, email us at staff@newscenter

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