(CBS) — With the COVID Delta variant still making its impact felt across the country, many parents are wondering – is it safe for kids to go trick-or-treating this Halloween? The CDC says yes.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the former chief of infectious disease at Mass General Hospital, said on Face The Nation Sunday that outdoor trick-or-treating should “absolutely” be safe.READ MORE: Record Fall Warmth: An Unprecedented Autumn In New England
“I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think that we should be able to let our kids go trick-or-treating in small groups,” she said.READ MORE: As Pediatricians Get Ready To Give COVID Vaccine To Children, Some Doctors Say Review The Data
Last year, the CDC discouraged traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating and several communities in Massachusetts canceled Halloween to discourage the spread of coronavirus.MORE NEWS: 'We Thought It Was Going To Explode' Fans On Way To ALCS At Fenway Talk About Houston Plane Crash
Walensky said the best way to stay ahead of the virus this year is to get more people vaccinated.