CRINGE! Just when you thought leftist politicians couldn’t get any crazier…Democrat Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot dressed as a ‘Rona Destroyer’ for her Thursday afternoon press briefing.

Wearing a black and red outfit with a cape emblazoned with “Rona Destroyer,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday unveiled a series of COVID-19 rules for the upcoming holiday that she said will allow people to celebrate safely, including a requirement that everyone wear masks.

People handing out candy also are asked to leave a light on or hang a sign in their window letting others know whether they’re participating in the holiday while following social distancing rules and providing hand sanitizer, Lightfoot and public health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said.


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Trick-or-treaters are asked to stay on the move in groups of six people or fewer, avoid sticking their hand into candy bowls, and wait until they get home and wash their hands to eat candy, they said.

The city doesn’t want to see any haunted houses this year and also forbids house parties “large or small,” they said.

Telling people not to trick or treat would be unrealistic, Lightfoot said, so the city’s emphasis is on creating public health guidelines.

“This year more than ever it is important to celebrate Halloween safely and responsibly,” Lightfoot said.

On Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health released state guidelines for trick-or-treating this Halloween, which falls on a Saturday this year.

While the state said “the safest way to celebrate is to stay home,” IDPH said trick-or-treaters this year should only travel with other members of their household. And, both trick-or-treaters and those passing out candy must wear masks and maintain a 6-foot distance at all times.

Cook County residents also should heed the state’s advice, Rachel Rubin, senior medical officer and co-lead for the Cook County Department of Public Health, said at a Wednesday news conference announcing mask distribution.

“No haunted houses. No haunted houses,” she said. For trick-or-treaters, she said “the idea is to use common sense. Maintain the social distancing, only trick or treat with your own household, wash your hands when you come home before you enjoy the treats and wear a mask at all times while you’re out.”

If CCDPH hears about a haunted house skirting those rules, officials will notify law enforcement and ask them to cease operations immediately, Rubin said.

Haunted houses are prohibited under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s phase four reopening plan, but one-way haunted forests or walks are allowed in Illinois as long as 6-foot distance is maintained. State guidelines also allow for adult or bar parties have to follow the limit of 50 people or under 50% of the building’s maximum capacity, whichever is fewer.

“No haunted houses, at least not traditional ones,” Arwady said. “They are truly spooky and dangerous this year.”

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