Buffalo, New York (WIVB) – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is asking city dwellers not to go door-to-door to trick-or-treat this Halloween due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Brown is also asking residents to avoid participating in any large indoor Halloween gatherings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), many traditional Halloween activities can spread viruses, including the highly contagious coronavirus.
Mayor Brown said: “Going door to door and giving or receiving sweets is a very high risk during this global pandemic, which continues to threaten our society, especially the most vulnerable populations.” “I urge residents to consider alternative Halloween activities and ask everyone to continue to take appropriate precautions, including regular hand washing, practicing safe physical distancing, and refraining from attending or hosting large gatherings of any kind. What we do now will protect our families, neighbors and our community. Kind, we must continue to stay strong and stay together to fight this deadly virus. “
Churches, community groups, and other non-profit organizations that hold safe, low-risk activities or celebrations according to CDC guidelines, can call the Office of Special Events at 4004-851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org an event listed on the Halloween Resources page In town, at www.buffalony.gov/HalloweenEvents.
Low-risk Halloween activities promoted by the CDC include:
• Carve or decorate pumpkins with your family members and display them;
• Carve or decorate pumpkins outside at a safe distance with neighbors or friends;
• Decorating your home, apartment or living space.
Do a Halloween scavenger hunt where kids are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they are
Walk in the fresh air from house to house to enjoy Halloween decorations from afar;
• Hold a virtual Halloween costume competition;
Host a Halloween movie night with the people you live with;
• Conducting a scavenger hunt or trick-or-treat search with your family members in or around your home instead of
Going door to door.
For more information and guidance on holiday celebrations, click here.