Oct 29, 2021 - COVID
Des Moines' pandemic Halloween guidance, then and now
Nola Aigner Davis with the Polk County Health Department at an Oct. 29, 2020 press conference. Screenshot via city of Des Moines video
Nola Aigner Davis with the Polk County Health Department at an Oct. 29, 2020 press conference. Screenshot via city of Des Moines video

Just a year ago, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and local health officials held a press conference urging families to avoid Beggars' Night festivities during the pandemic or, at the very least, abide by some general guidelines:

  • No-treat handling. The goods were to be left on a table or delivered with no hand-to-hand contact.
  • Only trick or treat with people in your own household.
  • Sanitize candy with a wipe and refuse all non-wrapped goods.

Flash forward: This year, local leaders haven't held holiday-specific press conferences warning of the dangers of Beggars' Night.

  • Polk County, however, is urging unvaccinated people to wear a mask while at indoor events.
  • Meanwhile, Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, has encouraged families to celebrate, albeit in smaller outdoor settings.

Details: Beggars' Night will kick off for Des Moines and most metro cities Saturday from 6-8pm.

The bottom line: Have fun but act reasonably and responsibly.

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