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Utahns aren’t letting COVID-19 erase Halloween

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Chris Knoles, Roxy Christensen and Miranda Lavallee, from left, put their Halloween spirit on the water as they paddle board at Bountiful Pond on Oct. 31, 2020, in what has become a yearly tradition.

Halloween arrived amid rising COVID cases in Utah this year, forcing people to get creative with their holiday planning.

With coronavirus spreading rapidly in Utah, health officials asked residents to be careful to wear masks and avoid large social gatherings on the holiday.

Parents told The Salt Lake Tribune earlier this month that they weren’t sure they would take their kids trick-or-treating because of the pandemic. Some people left candy outside their homes for kids to pick up to make things safer. Residents who signed up for the SugarHood Halloween agreed to abide by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention safety guidelines when handing out treats.

Gov. Gary Herbert said on Twitter that committing to not socialize with people outside of your household is the best thing individuals can do to stop the virus. He asked Utahns to resist the temptation to gather with extended family and friends.

Despite this, Utah parties were still advertised online. A Purge-themed party in Ogden was listed on Eventbrite. The advertisement said masks would be required and social-distancing encouraged.

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