SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As the CDC made their recommendations for safe ways to enjoy the holiday season, Bay Area health officials offered their own guidelines and recommendations for Halloween this year.
In two weeks' time, witches, monsters and ghosts will take over the Bay Area on Halloween night.
It's a good thing we found a little one in San Jose who will dress up as a superhero as she goes out trick or treating for the first time.
"Just definitely being able to take her out so she can have the full experience," Veronica Gudino said about her daughter. "Dressing her up, obviously getting candy, but at the end of the day, it's more about her experience getting to see what most kids have been able to do for the last years."
While some people enjoyed a new way to holiday last year, Halloween is getting the safety seal of approval from medical experts in 2021, with some precautions in mind.
"We know families really look forward to Halloween," Alameda County Public Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said. "It's a fun time, but COVID is still out there in our communities and there are things that people can do to reduce the risk. These are just some simple rules that families can follow to try to keep each other safe."
Almost across the board in the Bay Area, health officers are offering the same safety advice to families celebrating Halloween and Dia de los Muertos this year.
Get fully vaccinated.
Stay home if you have, or think you may have, COVID-19.
Take safety precautions when trick-or-treating.
Keep gatherings small.
Wear a face mask.
"I mean, I love those scary masks, but when we're talking about masking for COVID, it's either those medical masks or even a good two-layer fabric mask that fits close around the nose and mouth," Dr. Moss said. "That can help as well."
As Dr. Moss said, COVID is still out there and families may still have concerns about enjoying the festivities safely.
But UCSF Epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford says if you follow the guidelines, you can have a fun and safe time on Halloween night.
"First and foremost, everyone should enjoy Halloween," Dr. Rutherford said. "It's the best day of the kid year after Christmas, right? I completely agree with the recommendations and it's going to be quite safe with some common sense precautions."
So be safe and have a scary good time.
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