Nashville health officials are reportedly agreeing with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's view of trick-or-treating as a "high risk" activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Metro Public Health spokesman Brian Todd told FOX 17 News via email that the agency is also concerned about Tennesseans following proper safety protocols in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
"That means keep your mask on, stay socially distant, stay outdoors, and avoid large crowds. Only attend a haunted house or hayride if it is following strict health protocols," Todd said in the email via FOX 17 News.
Davidson County currently has a mask mandate in effect as the city's current transmission rate is 1.17%, which is less than the Metro Health Department's goal of 1.0% and puts the Nashville in the "red" for its Roadmap to Reopening.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued coronavirus guidelines and an interactive map for Tennessee families looking to safely trick or treat on Halloween amid the pandemic last month.
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.
Davidson County is currently listed as "orange" level risks for trick or treating, which means parents and children are recommended to participate in "trick or treat in reverse."
Neighboring Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties are currently listed as "red" level risks, which suggests trick-or-treating is not recommended due to too many risks involved.