'I Am Not Cancelling Halloween' But Dr. Arwady Says Halloween, Autumn Season Will Look Different This Year Due To COVID-19

“We’re going to have to have guidance that will be different in some way."
Pumpkin with face mask

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With COVID-19 still very much with us, and the flu not far behind, autumn is expected to be very different this year.

The head of Chicago’s Public Health Department, Dr. Allison Arwady, said she knows how hard it is for kids - the ones who want to play sports this fall and the ones who may be counting on sports scholarships.

But she said if it’s not safe to have Chicago Public Schools in session, then it’s not safe for kids to play sports, especially contact sports.

And what will Halloween be like for kids this year?

“We’re going to have to have guidance that will be different in some way. I’m not going to get into the details of exactly what that will look like. People have said, ‘Are you cancelling Halloween?’ I am not cancelling Halloween," she said.

Dr. Arwady said the city is making “real progress” in some areas. She said the infection rate in the 18-to-29 age group is declining, but still has a disproportionate number of the city’s cases.