Trick-or-treating has officially been banned in Beverly Hills for the 2020 Halloween season. Approximately one month after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which oversees the city of Beverly Hills, revealed a similar policy before taking it back.
Residents will be forbidden from trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating and passing out candy to anyone outside their own household, the city revealed in a statement on Tuesday.
Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman said in a statement. “While I know this is disappointing news, especially to our children, we believe this is the responsible approach to protect the health of the community.”
According to the city, people who refuse to follow the ordinance “shall be subject to the administrative citation process.” It is unclear exactly what the administration citation would entail.
The city of Beverly Hills, a prominent trick-or-treating spot, also announced on Tuesday that a list of “safe” halloween programming, such as virtual activities. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released the following list of recommended Halloween activities back in September:
- Virtual costume parties or pumpkin-carving contests
- Drive-by car parades, drive-by costume contests (for kids or for cars), drive-by halloween displays, or drive-up events where treat-bags are handed out, but without Trick-or-Treating.
- Halloween-themed drive-in movie theater screenings
- Halloween-themed restaurant visits (restaurants in the city are currently closed to indoor dining, so the restaurant must be open for outdoor service) or Halloween themed out-door art installations
Halloween-themed decorations for inside and outside of the home According to the Los Angeles Times’ COVID-19 data tracker, the county of Los Angeles averaged 1,125 new COVID-19 cases and 15.6 deaths per day over the last week. There are currently 723 patients hospitalised with a confirmed case of coronavirus, and fewer than 200 who are in intensive care units. A total sum of 6,813 deaths in Los Angeles alone has been attributed to COVID-19.