Halloween canceled at governor's mansion over virus

No treats to be handed out at the Sisolak home this year

Associated Press
October 15, 2020 - 4:21 am
 Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a news conference on the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building on March 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Trick-or-treating at the Nevada governor’s mansion has been canceled this year due to the pandemic, and state health officials are advising people marking Halloween and Día de los Muertos to avoid large gatherings.

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday that his official residence in Carson City will be decorated but the annual festivities will not take place to help keep staff and visitors safe.

Nevada’s COVID-19 response office issued guidelines in English and Spanish saying costume masks do not count as the type of face coverings that must be worn in public.

“Participating in virtual activities is the safest option,” the recommendations said. “The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services encourages alternatives to traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating this year to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.”

The guidance said people opening doors and handing out candy are unlikely to remain at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) from visitors and suggested people remain outdoors, if possible, for short visits in small groups.

The Halloween restrictions were unveiled as coronavirus cases continue to spike in Nevada. The number of confirmed cases topped 87,000 on Wednesday. The number of deaths is nearly 1,700. Almost 73,000 of those cases have been in the Las Vegas area, including 1,458 deaths, or 86% of the state total.