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Halloween parties are coming, should you go?

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TUCSON (KVOA) - With Halloween just days away, how can you stay safe and still enjoy the holiday?

The Pima County Health Department realizes the reality is, recommendations or not, people are going to do what they want to do. What they want people and businesses to do, is to go about it in a safe way.

This weekend places like High 5 Grille will be hosting live bands, drinks specials and seasonal costume contests. But with COVID-19 stretching from springtime into our holiday season, how does this part of our lives look different, yet again?

"We can only have 50 percent capacity, we do have the tables spaced, the ones that you can't sit at are X'd out. and we have the bar spaced out, everybody is wearing masks when they're standing up," said Catherine Whaley, owner of High 5 Grille.

The health department recommends that people do not trick-or-treat this year and they would prefer you to keep the party at home. However, if you do go out they want to again remind you that we are still in a pandemic.

"We're entering into the holiday season and we are fully cognizant of how difficult this is and that it has gone on for months. We do understand that people need to feel that they can celebrate this holiday," said Pima County Health Department Director Theresa Cullen.

Social distancing is difficult at a bar, notorious for their close proximity and shoulder to shoulder service it's been an adjustment for all. But with the holidays here, Whaley says they are taking all of the necessary precautions so people can celebrate safely.

"People still want to come out and have a good time even though they can't dance, they're enjoying the music and they wanna enjoy the holidays so I wanted to have something just to bring people out," said Whaley.

Dr. Cullen also wants people to know that your traditional Halloween mask won't scare away the virus and that you still need to wear your PPE to make sure you're being safe.

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Mark Mingura

Mark Mingura joined KVOA as a Multi Media Journalist in October 2019. Originally from the valley and with ties to Tucson, Mark is excited to get back to his home state and tell the stories of the Old Pueblo.

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