Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated that officials with the Sheriff’s Department would not be issuing tickets to trick-or-treaters this Halloween season after public health officials prohibited the activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a Facebook Live session on Wednesday, Villanueva was asked if deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would be issuing tickets for children who decided to trick-or-treat this Halloween.
“No we will not,” he answered. “We’re going to leave that alone.”
Villanueva’s response comes less than 24 hours after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a release stating that trick-or-treating would not be allowed within Los Angeles County due to concerns arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Public Health walked back on the restrictions Wednesday saying trick-or-treating is “not recommended.”
Among activities prohibited this Halloween are gatherings or parties with non-household members and carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions.
“We want parents to practice some common sense,” Villanueva said. “By the time that October 31st rolls around, let’s see what the conditions are at that time, and if there’s some type of trick-or-treating that will be permissible then that will be up to the public health experts on that.”
County health officials have permitted the following activities for the 2020 Halloween season:
- Online parties/contests (e.g. costume or pumpkin carving)
- Car parades that comply with public health guidance for vehicle-based parades including:
- Drive-by events or contests where individuals dress up or decorate their vehicles and drive-by “judges” that are appropriately physically distanced
- Drive through events where individuals remain in their vehicles and drive through an area with Halloween displays
- Drive-in events where individuals can receive a treat bag (limited to commercially packaged non-perishable treats) or take away items from an organizer while the participants remain in their vehicle
- Halloween movie nights at drive-in theaters (must comply with the public health drive-in movie theater guidance)
- Halloween themed meals at outdoor restaurants (must comply with the restaurant protocol)
- Halloween themed art installations at an outdoor museum (must comply with the public health museum guidance)
- Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations
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