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Lawmakers press CDC for guidance on celebrating Halloween during pandemic

Lawmakers press CDC for guidance on celebrating Halloween during pandemic

A bipartisan group of 30 members of Congress urged Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield to provide safety guidance on community activities around Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We are writing to ask you to update your Halloween safety guidance to include considerations related to COVID-19 so that Americans across the country know how to celebrate the Halloween season safely this year,” the members, including Reps. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeBiden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm Biden turns focus to winter storm with Texas trip Obama says reparations 'justified' MORE (D-Texas), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference Biden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure House passes voting rights and elections reform bill MORE (R-Ill.), Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Pelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle MORE (D-N.H.) and Jackie WalorskiJacqueline (Jackie) R. WalorskiEthics watchdog: 'Substantial' evidence GOP lawmaker improperly spent funds, misused position to help brother House panel advances measure expanding unemployment benefits in relief package LIVE COVERAGE: House debates removing Greene from committees MORE (R-Ind.), wrote to Redfield last week.

They asked for the CDC to issue public comment on the advisability of community activities such as video costume parties, leaving packages of candy for friends and neighbors and setting up drive-through trick-or-treat venues where children can dress up and wear masks.

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“With the appropriate guidance from the CDC, Americans can celebrate Halloween throughout the month of October in ways that prioritize community safety and adhere to rigorous socially distancing requirements,” the members wrote.

The National Confectioners Association (NCA), which represents the candy industry, is supportive of the letter and noted that people are looking for creative and safe ways to celebrate the holiday.

“Masks aren’t just for Halloween anymore. Staying safe should be a priority for everyone this Halloween season — and guidance from the CDC is an important factor in making sure that people can have a creative, fun, and safe Halloween,” Christopher Gindlesperger, NCA senior vice president of public affairs and communications, told The Hill.