By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small has announced his city’s plans for Halloween 2020.
Trick-or-treating is set to take place from 5-8 p.m. on Halloween, which falls on a Saturday this year. Mayor Small is also encouraging community members to take necessary precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic — including mask wearing and social distancing — throughout the evening. The city said that no “trunk-or-treating” events, which entail children going from car-to-car instead of door-to-door to collect candy, will take place this year.
The city is encouraging trick-or-treaters to only travel in groups consisting of people living in the same house. Residents who will distribute candy are encouraged to limit contact with others and leave candy out on their porches in order to socially distance from each other. They’re also encouraged to coordinate with neighbors by using lights to show which houses will and will not participate in distributing candy to community members.
Additionally, community members are being asked to not throw or attend large house parties — indoor or outdoor. These parties could potentially violate the city and state’s limitations on gatherings brought about due to the coronavirus pandemic. For those who do attend smaller gatherings, however, community members are encouraged to avoid close contact and not share items.
All who attend events like haunted houses and hayrides should wear a mask and socially distance, as well.
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