Halloween is a Saturday and with it, kids across the country are getting ready for the annual tradition of dressing up and treating – except for a few cities that have banned it because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Those jurisdictions include Beverly Hills, California, under ABC 7; El Paso and Hidalgo County, Texas, according to Spectrum News 1; Springfield, Mass., According to Western Mass News; and some others.
Los Angeles County has banned cheats or subsequent treatment prohibited, according to NBC Los Angeles. However, it is still recommended against it.
A liberal group, the Pacific Legal Organization, argues that bans on fraud or handling are unconstitutional.
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“The decision to prevent deception or the handling is not legally clear. The First Amendment protects the right to go door-to-door for a clear purpose,”; wrote Pacific Legal in a blog post. “Halloween costumes have always had a particularly strong expressive component, and that’s no less true in 2020.”
It added: “This year, for example, Dr. Anthony Fauci could be a popular costume choice, as well as the one associated with the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and the upcoming presidential election. The government has no businesses to ban this kind of expression.
Door-to-door passages, especially for political purposes, are protected under the First Amendment.
But there have been a series of legal challenges against state and local bans during the coronavirus pandemic, and many have been allowed to stand up. The courts have typically reported in recent months that urgent actions to control the spread of a pandemic fall under the power of the joint police to be donated to local and state governments.
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However, some courts have also ruled that specific activities of the First Amendment, such as Easter services, must be specially protected and cannot be prohibited. It is not clear which court can rule in any legal challenge to a ban on fraud or action. But Pacific Legal also argues that deceit bans or pandemic remedies could actually be counterproductive.
“This kind of ban simply makes no sense. The government should trust parents to encourage safe behavior, rather than immediately turn to bans and restrictions,” the group said. “And the sad thing is that these restrictions are likely to have the opposite effect as well. Instead of preventing Halloween, they will cause more people to enter the house and attend parties and gatherings with less social distance. They will also generate a lot of outrage and a lack of compliance with future health guidelines. “
Pacific Legal has also used other types of fraud or sanction bans in the past, including age-based bans.
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However, as the number of coronavirus continues to increase in many regions of the country, experts recommend that families opt for Halloween activities that are more out of society or take precautions when cheating or manipulating them. treatment.
“Avoid direct contact or large groups of people,” Dr. Leonard Krilov, dean of pediatric and head of pediatric infectiousness at NYU Winthrop Hospital, told Fox News. “The best outdoor activities when in the distance, such as visiting Halloween house decorations in the surrounding areas”.
Other socially far-fetched activities include visiting pumpkin plots or haunted mazes, small indoor or outdoor gatherings, and horror movies.
Fox News’s Kayla Rivas contributed to this report.