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HALLOWEEN RECOMMENDATIONS: Health Director Releases Guidelines


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Health Director Jeffrey Stephens released his recommendations on Sept. 30  for Halloween activities at the end of October.

Health Director Jeffrey Stephens. FILE PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE

By a vote of 5 to 0, Board of Health members are recommending that the town adopt the following modifications listed by the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Trick or Treaters stay in family units or known bubbles.
  • Allow families to leave a house before the next one approaches.
  • For those handing out candy, we recommend individually pre-packed goodie bags to hand out on the porch or front steps.
  • The Board recommends the use of gloves or tongs for handing out treats. (No communal bowls!)
  • Residents should maintain 6 feet from the entry doors of houses whenever possible.
  • Masks should be worn when at doors of houses and when Trick or Treaters cannot socially distance.
  • If a resident is sick with COVID-19, or is are under Isolation or Quarantine Orders, please stay home and please do not participate by handing out or receiving candy or treats.
  • The Westford Health Department also recommends that all activities be carried out with all public safety guidance.

The Board strongly discourages:

  • Parties of any type including costume parties.
  • “Trunk or Treat” activities.
  • Activities that foster risky behaviors.

For more information on the CDC guidance go to: https://www.cdc.gov.