By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Assignment Editor
VINELAND, N.J. — The city of Vineland has announced that Halloween will be celebrated with “traditional” trick or treat hours this year.
In a press release, the city said that trick-or-treating will be allowed to take place from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. It also noted that community members will need to take a number of different precautions as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States.
Participants are encouraged to wear costumes with face coverings, stay six feet apart from one another when walking around in groups, and bringing hand sanitizer out while trick-or-treating. Homeowners are encouraged to distribute candy to trick-or-treaters in a number of different ways. These include setting up decorated tables on your porch with individual bags of candy and yard displays with individual bags of candy. Neighbors are also encouraged to create “trunk-or-treat” set-ups together to pass out candy.
The city is also encouraging its residents to hold any Halloween parties virtually. However, Virtua Health — a nonprofit health system based in South Jersey — offered a number of tips to hold a low-risk gathering to celebrate Halloween or “Dia de los Muertos,” which will begin on October 31 and last until November 2:
- Invite a limited number of guests and keep the guest list local. Don’t invite people from other states or regions.
- Stay outdoors in a space that allows people from different households to remain at least six feet apart.
- Keep the event short with a pre-announced end time.
- Provide pre-filled treat bags to distribute candy.
- Require that everyone wear protective masks – not costume masks.
- Ensure proper hand-washing supplies are available, including hand sanitizer, soap, and warm running water.
- If guests will use your bathroom, provide disposable paper towels for hand-drying. Put out a container of disinfecting wipes. Place a note asking guests to wipe all surfaces they touch before leaving the bathroom. Ask guests not to linger inside your home.
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