Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's leading infectious disease expert on the coronavirus pandemic, on Sunday granted Americans "permission" to celebrate Halloween.
In a statement during CNN's "State of the Union" with host Dana Bash over the weekend, Fauci said that parents can take their children trick-or-treating. However, the doctor warned unvaccinated individuals to take extra precautions.
"You can get out there – you're outdoors for the most part, at least, when my children were out there doing trick-or-treating – and enjoy it," Fauci said. "I mean, this is a time that children love. It's a very important part of the year for children. I know my children enjoy it."
"Particularly if you're vaccinated," Fauci continued. "If you're not vaccinated, again, think about that you'll add an extra degree of protection to yourself and your children and your family and your community. So it's a good time to reflect on why it's important to get vaccinated."
"But go out there and enjoy Halloween as well as the other holidays that will be coming up," Fauci added.
Fauci's statements come just weeks after telling Americans it's "too soon to tell" if families will be able to gather for Christmas this year. But then reversing course, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden claimed his previous remarks on holiday gatherings were "misinterpreted" and "taken completely out of context," now encouraging Americans to have a "good, normal Christmas."
Last year, the CDC labeled trick-or-treating "high-risk" and encouraged parents to refrain from allowing their kids to enjoy the holiday.
Fauci agreed with the CDC and advised children not to go door-to-door but said for residents to leave candy for kids in their driveways.