By: David J. Detweiler, Writer / Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J. — 2020 has been a year of adjustments due to the coronavirus pandemic, and municipalities throughout New Jersey realize Halloween is no exception to this matter. As such, they’ve made adjustments accordingly to ensure safe trick-or-treating this fall.
Multiple Cumberland County municipalities endorsed a sense of unity by releasing a joint set of guidelines involving this upcoming holiday. This includes townships such as Commercial, Deerfield, Upper Deerfield, Stow Creek, Lawrence, the Borough of Shiloh, and Hopewell. The annual trick-or-treating will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Halloween, which falls on a Saturday this year. The annual candy-snatching tradition will take place during the given time frame only for these townships.
Although community members will be asked to take coronavirus-related precautions such as mask wearing and social distancing, trick-or-treating will, all things considered, go on fairly normally this year.
Parents have been asked to chaperone their children’s door-to-door adventure to guarantee safety. Drivers have been asked to take extra precautions on the road during festivities, as well. All participants will be asked to follow the state and CDC guidelines pertaining to coronavirus safety. Any concerns can be directed to the municipality buildings located within the townships listed above.
Woodbine is another example of being prepared for the upcoming celebrations. Their trick-or-treat will range from 5-8 p.m. on October 31. For the first hour-and-a-half of trick-or-treating, Woodbine will sponsor a “Trunk or Treat” event on the Woodbine bike path between Adams and Washington Avenues. All residents are welcomed, and a car decorating contest will be hosted during the function.
Woodbine Mayor William Pickolyky, encourages everyone to take the proper safety precautions while indulging in their candy gathering.
“I remind everyone to practice social distancing and put a protective mask under their costume mask,” Mayor Pikolycky said. “Enjoy the day in a safe way!”
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.