A flyer promoting a Utah-based Halloween night costume party — called “The Protest on Halloween” — has gone viral.
- The flyer — seen below and originally posted on the BYU subreddit page — promotes a costume party at a location to be announced on the day of the party.
- The event will last from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- It’s being promoted as a “full concert production” and “costume party” that will happen “rain or shine.”
- “Gatherings are essential for public health,” the flyer reads. “By attending, you assume all risks associated with COVID-19. Please stay home if you are feeling sick.”
Experts would warn against attending an event like this one. In fact, I recently reported for Deseret that experts believe gatherings — both small and large — can actually lead to the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States.
- CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said: “In the public square, we’re seeing a higher degree of vigilance and mitigation steps in many jurisdictions. But what we’re seeing as the increasing threat right now is actually acquisition of infection through small household gatherings. Particularly with Thanksgiving coming up, we think it’s really important to stress the vigilance of these continued mitigation steps in the household setting.”
- Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force said: “The spread of the virus now is not occurring so much in the workplace as people have taken precautions. It’s happening in homes and social occasions and people gathering and taking their mask off and letting down their guard and not physically distancing.”