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City of New Haven issues Halloween guidance; recommends avoiding events like traditional trick-or-treating

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — In a virtual COVID-19 briefing held Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Justin Elicker announced the release of Halloween guidance for the city of New Haven.

That guidance is very much in line with guidance released by the Connecticut Department of Public Health back at the beginning of October.

All with safety in mind as Connecticut continues to battle an uptick in COVID cases.

As part of that guidance, the city says that traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended, nor are “trunk-or-treating” events where kids go from car-to-car collecting candy rather than door-to-door.

The guidance does suggest virtual events like vehicle-based parades, drive-thru events where people stay in their cars, and drive-in events where kids can collect treat bags.

The guidance also suggests activities like Halloween movie nights, Halloween-themed meals at outdoor restaurants, and dressing up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations.

Many families we spoke with say it’s a bummer to see so many fun aspects of the fall season adjusted due to the pandemic, but many add it’s all one more thing to keep kids and their families healthy during these unprecedented times.

Tatyanna Delucia talked to us while she was costume shopping. She said, “Halloween is my favorite holiday so it does kinda suck. I have a lot of little cousins who look forward to it too and they won’t be able to trick or treat…There have been so many people affected by the virus and I think it’s good that at least the local government is taking action and trying to put things into play.”

Chloe Sibley, 11, added, “You don’t get all the candy and you also don’t get to see all your friends and you can’t go trick-or-treating.” But, she says, safety first: “It’s a virus and you can get it and it can make you very sick.”

City leaders say everyone’s compliance is importance. If you do go out this Halloween, wear your mask and social distance.

Anyone with questions is asked to visit the city of New Haven’s website here or to call the New Haven Health Department Hotline at 203-946-4949.

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