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Not all trick-or-treating canceled, Tampa Bay counties moving forward with Halloween

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Many Tampa Bay counties are not canceling trick-or-treating this year, though many are offering alternative, socially distant activities during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Many counties and cities have told 8 On Your Side that they are not canceling trick-or-treating events, though are recommending parents and those celebrating follow advice from the Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC is labeling trick-or-treating this Halloween “high risk” and has issued new guidelines designed to help parents navigate holiday celebrations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Below is a running list, and we are working to verify with more locations moving forward:

Hillsborough County:

  • Both the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County representatives say they are encouraging parents and others to follow the CDC Halloween guidelines, but no restrictions are in place.

Pinellas County:

  • A representative for the City of St. Petersburg says the city is also not placing restrictions on trick-or-treating, but urging the following of CDC Halloween guidelines.
  • The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has also confirmed no trick-or-treating restrictions will be implemented through their office as well.

Pasco County:

  • The sheriff’s office told 8 On Your Side there are no county-wide restrictions in place for trick-or-treating, but they are participating in a socially distanced trunk-or-treat event.
  • Pasco County is working to get 8 On Your Side more information regarding county events.

Polk County:

  • The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is not placing restrictions on trick-or-treating.
  • The sheriff’s office is not holding its annual Haunted Jail Tour benefiting Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. this year.

Manatee County:

  • Manatee County will also not have any county-wide trick-or-treating restrictions, though following CDC Halloween guidelines are encouraged.
  • The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office confirms it will also not be placing restrictions on Halloween, though patrol deputies will be working their zones to keep an eye on trick-or-treaters and assist with any other issues that may arise.

Sarasota County:

Citrus County:

  • The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is not placing restrictions on trick-or-treating and deferring to the Board of County Commission and Health Department for decisions. The sheriff’s office is recommending all residents of the county to follow the CDC’s Halloween guidelines.

8 On Your Side has reached out to more counties and cities throughout the Tampa Bay area and are awaiting responses. This article will be updated, so check back soon!

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