The weekly briefings are at the same time that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases guidelines for Halloween and Thanksgiving, and recommends low, medium or high risk activities.
Carving pumpkins, participating in a Halloween treasure hunt, children walking outdoors to see decorations or holding a virtual costume party are considered low risk.
Moderate risks include small outdoor costume parades, where people must be at least 6 feet away or participate in outdoor gatherings for pumpkin contests.
High-risk Halloween activities include traditional trick-or-treating and torso or trick-or-treating, indoor parties, haunted houses and haystacks for playing with people outside the home.
Odell said she likes that people can assess their own risks, and a torso or treatment event that crowds a large number of people into a small area is designated as high risk.
The focus of all activities is the same as during the pandemic: wear a face mask, wash your hands, stay away from others and avoid crowds, especially indoors.