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Trick-or-treating is out this year. Haunted properties may well no longer be allowed. And, pumpkin carving parties have to aloof proceed virtual, in accordance with new pandemic guidance from Ventura County Public Health.

Additionally in the no column: Trunk-or-treating, which county officials defined happens when adolescents proceed car-to-car in its keep of door-to-door.

“It is now not any longer allowed lawful due to the it may well no longer be performed in a manner that is assured to be safe,” Dr. Robert Levin, the county’s public health officer, told county supervisors all one of the well-known best ways thru their assembly Tuesday.

There is no technique to inform all individuals may well be wearing a veil, that food is now not any longer being shared and young of us originate no longer cease up bunched up on front porches, he acknowledged.

“Subsequent year,” he acknowledged, “we are going to be ready to grasp trick-or-treating all all over again, but no longer this year.”

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Other folks can grasp online parties and contests, car parades and decorate their yards and homes, in accordance with the county’s Halloween guidance launched online Monday. Pumpkin patches will be launch and force-in movie nights also will be allowed.

In phrases of Halloween, then all all over again, no trick-or-treating can also seem care for a onerous hit to some.

“I actually grasp adolescents. I actually grasp heaps of friends which grasp adolescents and to listen to that they indubitably can no longer originate Halloween is going to hit of us moderately onerous,” Supervisor Kelly Prolonged acknowledged Tuesday. 

She asked Levin whether or no longer that it is doubtless you’ll well maybe factor in picks may well be that it is doubtless you’ll well maybe factor in equivalent to in parks or trick-or-treating at eating areas or church buildings. 

“Other folks are seeking to bag some variety of normalcy right here,” she acknowledged. 

These don’t appear to be identical outdated times, Levin acknowledged, and trick-or-treating is an job where the virus can spread.

“Granted, it is a fundamental limitation,” he acknowledged. “I’m for my portion sorry for it. I’ve bought grandchildren, and I’d care for so that you just can see them proceed out and trick or treat. It is one in every of my fondest recollections from childhood.”

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Labor Day surge?

Ventura County’s total sequence of coronavirus cases has reached nearly 11,700, including 10 new cases reported Tuesday. That is the lowest sequence of cases reported in somebody day since early June, in accordance with Erin Slack, an epidemiologist with county public health.

While some numbers grasp dropped  in most smartly-liked weeks, the county acknowledged it is too soon to lisp whether or no longer the Labor Day weekend will verbalize a new surge.

COVID-19 numbers rose in early June following a Memorial Day weekend that in Ventura County coincided with newly reopened eating areas and diversified companies. Then in mid-July, after Independence Day, cases surged better.

County officials had warned that gatherings over Labor Day weekend can also all all over again verbalize a absorbing assemble better. Levin acknowledged Tuesday that any bump seemingly would launch to insist up over the following several days or so.

This week, California can also even launch to loosen some restrictions on gatherings, in accordance with Levin.

Guidance can also allow gatherings as a lot as a undeniable sequence of of us, he acknowledged. Nonetheless more seemingly, it may well address the likelihood of deepest gatherings of as a lot as about a diversified households, he acknowledged. If that happens, he acknowledged it may well assemble essentially the most sense to him if it changed into the the same two or three households that bought together for gatherings over time.

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County seeks reopening flexibility

In phrases of reopening, Ventura County and a great deal of others proceed to be in essentially the most restrictive tier space by the instruct. Nonetheless the county has crept nearer to getting on a observe to dip down to the following diploma.

The instruct’s new reopening framework, introduced in unhurried August, required counties to reach standards relating to the velocity of COVID cases for all residents and the velocity at which of us that are tested advance up sure. 

Ventura County has met the positivity rate requirement, but has but to originate so with its case rate. It wants to haven’t any better than an realistic of seven new cases a day for 100,000 of us. As of essentially the most smartly-liked reporting week, the county changed into at 7.9, in accordance with Vargas. That figures entails an adjustment for a better trying out rate domestically. 

On Tuesday, county officials acknowledged they grasp asked the instruct to grasp in suggestions flexibility, including more of an adjustment as a outcome of its high trying out rate as well to diversified components. It also asked the instruct to sight at whether or no longer cases in native jails wants to be counted in its case rate.

A most smartly-liked outbreak in county jails recognized 85 sure coronavirus cases. Of these, 65 had been recognized in essentially the most smartly-liked week thought to be by the instruct. It changed into the county’s greatest but additionally one in every of some outbreaks in congregate settings all one of the well-known best ways thru the the same timeframe. The others grasp been at long-term care facilities.

Cheri Carlson covers the atmosphere for the Ventura County Celebrity. Attain her at or 805-437-0260.

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