Halloween … how to ‘celebrate’ in pandemic times
The ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic is causing concern around the safety of typical usual Halloween practices. Sadly, this will affect this wonderful neighborhood, which is typically a joyful fun child-friendly place for trick-or-treaters.
Each neighbor is encouraged to consider the pluses and drawbacks of participation in Halloween events. The City of Pgh has issued some helpful guidelines, trying to preserve as much as possible this happy childhood event.
TRICK -R-TREAT EVENTS SHOULD BE HELP SAT 10/31 5 – 7 P.M.
SOME BASIC PUBLIC HEALTH REOMMENDATIONS SHOULD BE FOLLOWED TO MINIMIZE ANY RISKS — TO CHILDREN, THEIR CAREGIVERS, THE HOMEOWNERS!
The city’s trick-or-treating hours will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
The city urges the following precautions for trick-or-treating this year:
• Trick-or-treat only with family members.
• Wear cloth face masks as well as Halloween masks.
• Carry hand sanitizer.
• Distribute candy by leaving it outside (no in-person or face-to-face interactions at the door).
• Follow social distancing on sidewalks, and when approaching homes where others are getting candy.
• Do not attend indoor costume parties.
Mayor Bill Peduto says parents have expressed the need for Trick or Treating to on because so much as been taken away from children during the pandemic, “what parents were saying, they’ve asked that their children have this opportunity, over and over again. they felt that their kids have given up already, a lot.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that door-to-door trick-or-treating and costume masks and parties are discouraged this year due to the pandemic.