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 LeeGrand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death Hillicon Valley: Murky TikTok deal raises questions about China's role | Twitter investigating automated image previews over apparent algorithmic bias | House approves bill making hacking federal voting systems a crime House approves legislation making hacking voting systems a federal crime MORE (D-Texas), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse passes legislation to boost election security research House Republicans investigating California secretary of state's contract with Biden-linked firm House Democrats' campaign arm releases ads hitting 10 Republicans on health care MORE (R-Ill.), Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterPelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief MORE (D-N.H.) and Jackie WalorskiJacqueline (Jackie) R. WalorskiLawmakers press CDC for guidance on celebrating Halloween during pandemic More than 100 lawmakers urge IRS to resolve stimulus payment issues Scaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach 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.