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Rome, Utica issue guidelines for trick-or-treating amid pandemic

Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo has released guidance for trick-or-treating in the city of Rome this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Oct 13, 2020 11:54 AM
Updated: Oct 29, 2020 12:14 PM

ROME, N.Y. – Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo has released guidance for trick-or-treating in the city of Rome this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“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,” said Izzo.

The following guidelines were released by the mayor’s office on Tuesday, Oct. 13:

  • Leave porch lights on if planning to welcome trick-or-treaters, and greet the children on a porch or other appropriate outdoor space to encourage open ventilation while passing out candy.
    • Those who would not like to welcome trick-or-treaters should keep porch lights off.
  • To comply with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order restricting mass gatherings, children should trick-or-treat in their local neighborhoods. Parents are advised against driving kids to other areas of the city to trick-or-treat in other neighborhoods.
  • Haunted house displays meant to allow kids to participate or walk through are prohibited to avoid close contact.
  • In the event trick-or-treaters are unable to properly social distance, masks will be required for all participants, including families or other chaperones.

Rome police patrols will be monitoring neighborhoods for safety and compliance with Halloween guidance.

The city of Utica issued an advisory for residents to limit “trick or treat” activities on Halloween due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the city.

The following guidelines were released by the mayor’s office on Tuesday, Oct. 13:

  • For individuals who plan on trick-or-treating with their children, all Department of Health guidelines, including wearing of a face covering and social distancing of 6 feet must be observed.
  • The city also advises that children should only trick-or-treat in close proximity of their homes and not in multiple areas throughout the city.
  • The Utica Police Department also encourages the public to comply with Department of Health guidelines in avoiding congregations of more than 50 people, including for Halloween parties.

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