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Breaking Down the Law COVID Restrictions

Halloween COVID Restrictions

The Holiday seasons are approaching, and this weekend is Halloween.

We’ve recently seen restrictions on public gatherings loosened in Nevada, now allowing up to 250 people or 50% capacity.

Meanwhile, in California, Governor Newsom has issued restrictions on Thanksgiving gatherings, including limiting home gatherings to 3 households, with recommendations to wear masks while not eating and to hold gatherings outside.

So what are the recommendations for this coming Halloween weekend here in Nevada? Here to discuss the issue is attorney Matt Hoffmann with Battle Born Injury Lawyers.

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  1. Public gathers are now allowed up to 250 people. But what does that mean for families this weekend as far as giving out candy or having their children trick-or-treating?
  • First and foremost, there are no restrictions in Nevada on social gatherings at private residences.
    • This is opposed to California.
  • And there are no fines for individuals in Nevada as it relates to COVID and large gatherings at private residences.
  • That doesn’t mean you can’t be fined for something else, like noise ordinance violations, and we talked about that a few weeks ago.
  • So for any businesses that wish to hold events like a Trunk-or-Treat, or haunted houses, things like that, they need to adhere to all applicable rules on businesses as far as capacity.
    • Otherwise they could face fines or actions taken against their business licenses.
  • But for individuals in their neighborhoods and homes, there really are no “rules” on trick-or-treating.
  • Instead, there are guidelines that have been created by the Southern Nevada Health District.
  • For example, people are encouraged NOT to trick-or-treat in neighborhoods/communities outside their own, and those communities are encouraged NOT to allow non-residents to do so.
  • It is also recommended that in lieu of traditional trick-or-treating, where kids reach in a bowl of candy one after the other, people instead give out treats in an alternative manner.
  • Lining up individually wrapped treats and placing them at a distance, maybe the end of the driveway, and observing kids stop by to pick them up from a distance.
  • Create a treasure hunt where treats are hidden in various areas.
  • And then the kind of “odd” concept of delivering the treats to the kids by using 6-foot long cardboard or plastic tubes to slide the candy down and into their bags.
  • The general idea is that they Health District is discouraging traditional interactions and close contact.
  1. What about masks and social distancing?
  • As always, both are encouraged, but children under 9 do NOT have to wear a mask.
  • However, the guidelines for those that do strongly recommend traditional masks be worn along WITH the costumes, even if the costume itself involves a face covering.
  • And social distancing is strongly encouraged as well.
  • But as I said at the beginning, these are recommendations.
  • Individuals cannot be fined for not wearing masks while trick-or-treating in their neighborhood, nor can homeowners be fined or punished for handing out candy in a traditional way, or for having a large gathering.
  • But everyone is encouraged to make an effort to minimize the potential of spreading Covid, and the Southern Nevada Health District’s guidelines can be found on their website: