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Cook County public health official talks Halloween safety during the pandemic

The holiday season is quickly approaching as the COVID-19 pandemic rolls into October.

Halloween is likely to have a different look and feel in Grand Marais and throughout Cook County this year, with many traditional activities needing to be modified or dropped altogether.

That’s the recommendation from the Cook County Public Health Department and the Cook County Emergency Operations Center.

Trick-or-treating, Halloween parties and haunted houses are all considered high risk by health officials, according to Grace Grinager, the public health supervisor in Cook County. If people do opt for any Halloween activities, the key is keeping any gatherings small, maintaining at least six feet of distance and wearing a mask, she added.

For more on the Minnesota Department of Health recommendations for Halloween 2020, click here.

To get the latest on COVID-19 cases and other information about the new coronavirus in Cook County, follow this link.

To hear an interview with WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs and Grinager specific to Halloween in Grand Marais and Cook County, listen to the audio below.

The photo above is a WTIP file photo from 2019.