SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Ahead of the Halloween weekend, San Diego State University is issuing a stay-at-home advisory for all students.
The college said following the CDC's discouragement from participating in Halloween or social events where physical distancing cannot be done, as well as San Diego County's recommendation to avoid similar gatherings, a temporary advisory for students will go into effect from Friday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 2, at 6 a.m.
Under the advisory, students are encouraged to stay home unless for an essential need.
The university says it will continue to enforce the campus' COVID-19 policies against large gatherings off-campus, including recent reports of social events in the College Area that have drawn dozens of students together without physical distancing or mask wearing. Since Aug. 24, nearly 900 notices of alleged violations of the campus' COVID-19 policy have been issued.
"It takes only one person, even one who is asymptomatic, to create a public health risk. As members of this community, and with the care of others in mind, we again ask you to avoid gatherings of any type that do not comply with public health guidelines," the school said in a release.
Those who are found violating SDSU's COVID-19 policies could face sanctions, suspension, or expulsion.
SDSU is encouraging students to take part in virtual Halloween events, including:
- Saturday, Oct. 24, Aztec Nights: Fall Festival virtual event will include games, trivia, and an interactive demonstration by pumpkin carver Tom Nardone from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 29, through Saturday, Oct. 31, the SDSU Alcohol and Other Drugs Task Force will be facilitating “Zoom into Halloween.” Members of SDSU’s student clubs and organizations who commit to hosting an event on one of those days between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight will receive four $25 gift cards, which they can then use as a drawing during their hosted events. Additionally, up to two individuals who host each virtual event will receive a $25 gift card if they have at least 20 SDSU student participants.
- Saturday, Oct. 31 Aztec Nights: Halloween Spook-Tacular virtual event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a magic show, games, prizes, a costume context, and other activities.