North Carolina parents looking to keep their kids safe while trick or treating this Halloween will need to prepare accordingly amid the COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new coronavirus guidelines and an interactive map for North Carolina families looking to safely trick or treat on Halloween amid.
This year's spooky holiday will coincide with daylight savings, a blue moon and falls on a Saturday. The CDC's map provides a risk zone breakdown of counties in each state with varying risk levels based on the confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Here's how each zone breaks down:
- Green Zone- Proceed normally while adhering to social distancing guidelines; small parties are okay.
- Yellow Zone- Trick or treating is possible, but be aware that areas are following safety protocols; party goers should wear masks indoors.
- Orange Zone- CDC recommends "trick or treat in reverse," in which children dress up in costumes and hang out in their front yards as neighbors can deliver candy while driving or walking by; parties should be held outdoors while following social distancing guidelines.
- Red Zone- Trick or treating is not recommended due to too many risks involved; parents and party goers should seek alternatives such as Zoom or Netflix parties and setting up candy stations inside and outside of the house.
The map above shows a breakdown of the risk levels by county in North Carolina based on total confirmed cases reported.
Wake, Johnston and Franklin counties are currently listed as Yellow Level risks, meaning trick or treating is possible as long as safety protocols are followed. Mecklenburg County is also listed as a Yellow Level risk, but its neighboring counties to its east and west are currently Orange Level risks.
Durham, Guilford, Granville, Person, and Vance counties are also currently listed as Orange Level risks.
North Carolina has nine counties listed as Red Level risks and has zero counties listed as Green Level risks.
According to the CDC, the state has a 7-day moving average of 12 cases per 100,000 people.
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