NEW HARTFORD, N.Y.--- If you plan on going trick or treating in New Hartford, there are a new set of recommendations the village would like you to know about. This all comes as the COVID cases in the area continue to rise. The village is asking people to wear masks and social distance while out. They're also asking people to avoid groups.
Trick or Treating in your home neighborhood is strongly recommended to prevent people from moving around to other areas. Juleen Qandah serves as the town's emergency physician and helped create these rules.
"We thought it would be smart to release guidelines on how to do Halloween appropriately this year. The beauty of Halloween is that it's outside and a lot of these costumes have masks covering their face anyways," said Qandah.
Town Supervisor Paul Machione said the regulations came after dozens of concerned people called the Town Offices. As COVID cases continue to rise across the area, Qandah's main concern is people throwing parties.
"If we're talking about large Halloween parties where folks are gathering indoors and there's a lot of eating and drinking and an inability to socially distance then a large Halloween party could definitely be a super spreader event," said Qandah.
The recommended curfew for Trick or Treating is 6 PM in New Hartford.