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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related cautions, many communities are cancelling common Halloween events, including, trick-or-treating. Hopewell Borough has decided not to restrict trick-or-treating entirely, but it does ask the community to support and adhere to the below guidance to ensure that all the children – and everyone in town – remain safe and protected.

Halloween during COVID-19 can still be fun! Decorations and socially-distant greetings are fine! Congregating closely in groups is not!

  • No traditional trick-or-treating where treats handed to children going door-to-door during the pandemic! Instead, residents are asked to participate in one-way trick-or- treating by placing bowls or treat bags on front steps or in driveways and sidewalk edges – in any way that works best for them – to reduce contact and exposure in accordance with CDC guidance. Trick-or Treat at 6 Feet!
  • Proper face masks are required for trick-or-treaters and parents/guardians. Costume masks should not be used unless made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  • Limit groups of trick-or-treaters and parents/families traveling together. No one should be congregating closely. If another group is close to yours, wait and allow time for them to move on before approaching the next house.
  • Shouting and screaming requires greater distancing. This is important considering the typical “Trick-or-Treat” call! The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus. Be prepared to adjust on the fly!

Enjoy the holiday, build new memories, and continue working together to keep our community safe! We’re doing pretty good so far – let’s just keep it going!HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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