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Trick or treating approved

Gloversville mayor says guidelines from state are expected

GLOVERSVILLE — The city this week announced that trick-or-treating will be permitted on Halloween night in accordance with guidance that is expected to be released by the state related to the coronavirus.

The city on Tuesday issued a statement over social media alerting residents that trick-or-treating will be allowed on Oct. 31 between the customary hours of 6 to 8 p.m. after receiving numerous calls amidst widespread concerns the activity would be banned due to the coronavirus.

“Trick-or-treating has never been a city organized function. The city of Gloversville will not ban trick-or-treating this year and will defer to the state’s guidelines and mandates,” the statement read.

The announcement follows a statement made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an interview with News 12 Long Island earlier this month that he would not ban door-to-door trick-or-treating. Cuomo went on to say that the state will issue guidance related to the activity but the decision of what to do on Halloween night will be left to residents.

The statement from the city announcing trick-or-treating will be permitted asks residents who would like to hand out candy on Halloween to leave their porch lights on to signal participation to trick-or-treaters. Anyone who chooses not to participate is asked to ensure their porch lights are turned off.

All participants are additionally asked by the city to follow state protocols related to social distancing and the use of appropriate face coverings.

“We also hope to bring some alternative options to those who may be uncomfortable going door-to-door but that will be determined as the state begins to release guidance regarding trick-or-treating,” the statement reads.

While the state has not yet released guidelines on how to safely participate in Halloween festivities amidst the ongoing pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already released guidance related to fall holidays that describes door-to-door trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treat events as “high-risk” activities that could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus.

As an alternative to customary trick-or-treat activities that bring groups of people in close proximity as candy is passed through multiple hands, the guidance suggests families could consider preparing in advance goodie bags lined up outside of homes for contact free trick-or-treating in an open area to promote social distancing as a “moderate risk” alternative. The suggestion also reminds families to wash their hands before handling any items to be passed out.

The CDC also notes that anyone who may have the coronavirus or who may have been exposed to someone with the virus should not participate in in-person Halloween activities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

The city plans to share additional information on Halloween related activities over the City of Gloversville, New York — City Hall Facebook page as guidance is received from the state.

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