Trumps to host Halloween at White House despite coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic isn’t scaring away Halloween plans at the White House, although this year organizers say “extra precautions” will be taken.
The first lady’s press office announced plans Friday for President Trump and Melania Trump’s fourth annual Halloween event on Oct. 25.
Guests at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — including front-line workers, military families and schoolchildren and their parents — will be required to sport face masks and practice social distancing.
White House staff will also be required to wear face coverings and gloves while handing out candy. “Each department will utilize a no-touch approach in their area when distributing their product,” guidance from the White House says, with hand sanitizer available throughout the grounds.
The Trumps — who both announced they tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month — will continue the tradition of greeting trick-or-treaters by the White House’s South Portico.
The measures, the White House said in a statement, will be implemented to “help ensure the health and safety of all guests wishing to participate in this year’s spooky celebration.”
This year’s Halloween festivities will include an inflatable rocket and space-related items from NASA, Smokey the Bear and a model rocket station.
The White House will be decorated with chrysanthemums, pumpkins and “a vibrant display of bright-colored leaves that will envelop the South Portico columns in various shades of autumn.”
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