Halloween safety in the Copper City has been outlined in a joint statement issued this week by Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo and Police Chief Kevin C. Beach.
The good news for sundry witches, goblins, fairy princesses, Ninja Turtles and other costumed characters of the night is that the annual sugar-filled festivities will go on — although both those out trick-or-treating and those home handing out goodies are advised to follow precautions to help to try to ensure everyone’s safety amid the lingering COVID-19
“Due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding activities occurring during the coronavirus, we are issuing guidelines to assist those that wish to participate in Halloween festivities with the goal of promoting a safe and healthy trick or treating experience,” according to the joint statement.
This year, in order to comply with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive order restricting gatherings of people, “children should trick or treat in their local neighborhoods and should not be driven to other areas of the city to trick or treat outside their own neighborhood. Individual home haunted house displays, which encourage participants to congregate, are prohibited,” the statement continues.
The guidance further asks residents wishing to hand out candy to leave their porch light on and ensure an outdoor space or area with plenty of ventilation and room for social distancing to hand out treats.
Those not handing out candy are asked to keep their porch light off.
Police patrol units will be monitoring neighborhoods for safety and compliance.
“In the event participants are unable to properly social distance, masks will be required for all participants including chaperones,” the message continues.
The city of Rome isn’t the only area community to issue guidance to homeowners and trick-or-treaters.
The city of Utica issued an advisory to its residents today which includes limiting the size of gatherings, having trick-or-treaters stick to their immediate neighborhoods, engaging in social distancing and wearing a mask or face covering while out.