Get your costume prepared! Most Hawaiian mayors give the go-ahead for trick or treating this yr
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Chief Medical Advisor to the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci, encourages kids to go trick or treating this Halloween.
“You are mostly outside. Enjoy it, ”he said recently. “I mean, this is a time kids love, it’s an important time of the year.”
After the 2020 festivities were held back, most of Hawaii’s mayors are blessing the tradition again this year.
Trick or treat is allowed in groups of no more than 25 people on Oahu and Kauai. Meanwhile, Maui officials are asking families to trick or treat into their household pods.
The Island of Hawaii mayor says the county is still working to finalize its plans.
Less than three weeks until Halloween, Keiki are delighted with the costumes and candy.
When asked what he was going to be, little Lawson Cachola exclaimed, “A turtle!”
Parents say they look forward to a more traditional celebration too. “Halloween is something like the second best thing for Christmas for children,” said Kristy Kimseu, mother of three.
Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said with so many Hawaiian residents vaccinated, he believes trick or treating is something that can be safely done.
“We’re in a much better position than we were a year ago,” he said. “We saw young children come back into the classroom and they are outside in the playground.”
He and all of the mayors urge people to hold gatherings outside.
“If you have an indoor gathering, people should wear their masks,” Kawakami said.
“That’s why number one is thinking outside the box. Try to find out how we can celebrate outdoors as the risk is much lower outdoors. “
In Kauai and Oahu, indoor gatherings should be groups of fewer than 10 unless it is an approved, professionally organized event.
Kristy Kinimaka, a mother of four, said she agreed to the guidelines. “I know there is a fine line between being safe and trying to live your life normally,” she said.
Maui Mayor Mike Victorino said he wants people to avoid indoor parties, but says trick or treating is okay – as long as families stay in their household pods.
For families who prefer a more cautious approach, Maui is hosting a free Halloween adventure at Keopualani Park in Wailuku on Halloween from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
In a statement, the Island of Hawaii Mayor’s Office said it was excited about the CDC’s Halloween guidelines.
“We know our community has worked tirelessly to slow the spread and protect one another, and we believe that because of these efforts, our keiki should be able to enjoy the vacation in a safe and thoughtful way.
“At this point, however, we continue to encourage residents to plan trunk-or-treat and other drive-through activities as many in our community, including our keiki, remain unvaccinated and at risk of possible spread. The safety of our community must remain our top priority as we work to slowly return to normal. Our office will promptly notify the public of any changes to the current Halloween guidelines as we work to fight this virus together. “
Officials want to remind people who are planning to go trick or treating to practice social distancing. And a costume mask shouldn’t replace a cloth mask indoors.
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