CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's largest city says trick-or-treating is on for Halloween, with precautions recommended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The city of Manchester says the event is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Participants should wear a mask over their nose and mouth when trick-or-treating or when handing out treats, the city said in a statement Wednesday. Participants also should avoid confined spaces and large gatherings or parties, and find ways to stay at least 6 feet away from others.

Participants also advised to clean their hands frequently.

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THE NUMBERS

As of Wednesday, a total of 8,266 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, an increase of 34 from the previous day. The number of deaths stood at 439.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has decreased over the past two weeks, going from 41 new cases per day on Sept. 16 to 32 new cases per day on Sept. 30.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia or death.

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