ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — Masks used to be reserved for Halloween. Now, they are part of daily wardrobes.
With coronavirus lingering in Anne Arundel County, health officials discourage traditional trick-or-treating. Anybody who believes they have coronavirus or thinks they were exposed to the disease should stay home, the county Department of Health says.
“Unlike Dracula and The Mummy, COVID-19 is real,” Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman said in a Tuesday press release. “To protect trick-or-treaters and avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, we must continue to maintain physical distance, wear face coverings, avoid large gatherings and wash hands often.”
Those who choose to go trick-or-treating can reduce, but not eliminate, their risk by traveling only with members of their household, the Department of Health says.
No laws prohibit trick-or-treating in Maryland, but the state requires mask usage in all public places. This includes