VENTURA, Calif.-- Ventura County is seeking an improvement in COVID-19 cases, while the Health Department made major announcements about Halloween activities.
The County released guidelines for Halloween. Door-to-door trick-or-treating will not be permitted this year along with a list of other events.
“Halloween gatherings, events or parties, carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted houses are not permitted,” said Dr. Robert Levin, who is the Ventura County Health Officer.
Levin also mentioned that Trunk-or-treating will also not be permitted this year in an effort to help keep the COVID cases down and moving the county to the next tier successfully.
“It is not allowed because it can not be done in a manner that will be safe,” said Levin.
During the board of supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Levin mentioned that there was no way to assure everyone would be wearing a mask, and that kids don’t end up bunched up on front porches.
What is allowed are drive-by parades, online parties, pumpkin patches, drive-in movies, and decorating houses.
The county says the number of cases are going down after reporting just 10 for the day. Hospitalization numbers are also going down, but the county is still in the top purple tier of the State’s watch list.
A contributing factor is the recent outbreak at the two county jails. 85 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. This is impacting the county’s case rate. Right now it’s at a 7.9 when it needs to be at a 7.