Board of Selectmen Approves Trick-or-Treating for Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
GROVELAND — Police Chief Jeffrey T. Gillen and the Groveland Board of Selectmen would like to share safety tips and guidance regarding Halloween activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Board of Selectmen, taking into account the most current public health guidance and statements made by Governor Charlie Baker, has decided to maintain the annual trick-or-treating hours, while encouraging strict public health and safety practices.
The official hours set by the Town for trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 31 will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Should residents choose partake in trick-or-treating, they are encouraged to leave individually wrapped candy that can be placed at the end of a driveway or the edge of their yard for families to take. Those who do not wish to participate in Trick-or-Treat are asked to shut off their outdoor lights as an indicator. Residents are strongly discouraged from going “door-to-door.”
Residents are asked to take the following precautions from the Department of Public Health if they choose to trick-or-treat this year:
- Wear a face mask or face covering. For more information on face masks and face coverings, please see the state’s Mask Up MA webpage.
- Observe good hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy.
- Refrain from touching your face.
- Stay home and refrain from Halloween activities, including giving away Halloween treats, if:
- you feel unwell;
- you have tested positive for COVID-19;
- you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19; or
- you have traveled to or from a state that is not classified as lower risk within the last 14 days. For more information on lower risk states, please see the state’s COVID-19 Travel Order webpage.
- Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet of physical distance from all other participants who are not members of the same household.
Additionally, Groveland officials would like to share the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists of several low and moderate risk alternative activities that community members can take part in for Halloween.
Lower risk alternatives include:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them, or at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your home
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
Community members may participate in moderate-risk activities, as long as they take the proper safety precautions. These include:
- Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart
- Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
- A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
- Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
- Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart
Residents are asked to avoid higher risk activities this Halloween in order to prevent the spread of the virus. These activities include:
- Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door-to-door
- Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
- Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
- Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
- Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
More information and holiday safety tips from the CDC can be found here.