EL PASO, Texas — Kids will be able to go door-to-door trick-or-treating for Halloween this year after El Paso health officials gave the thumbs up.
Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the El City/County Health Authority, said the high Covid vaccination numbers and decreasing hospitalizations will allow El Pasoans to celebrate Halloween the traditional way after kids were forced to stay home last year.
“Looking back we had a lot of restrictions. We saw a lot of pain and suffering,” Ocaranza explained, remembering the height of the pandemic in El Paso.
On Halloween 2020, El Paso County had 16,837 active Covid cases. According to the city/county dashboard, currently the county has 1,710 active Covid cases.
Ocaranza still recommends that people wear masks if they are attending indoor Halloween parties. He is also pushing people to get both the flu and Covid vaccine for this upcoming holiday season.
“Now it’s going to be the season where we can celebrate. We can spend a lot more time with our successes and we can be a lot more happy with our families and friends,” Ocaranza said.
The city of El Paso also plans to host a number of Halloween events this year. Those include the Dias de los Muertos parade and the 'trip-or-treat' event where kids can get candy on a street car.