Des Moines' pandemic Halloween guidance, then and now
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.
- Lots of other spook-tacular events are on the books this year too.
The bottom line: Have fun but act reasonably and responsibly.
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