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For Immediate Release:September 25, 2020
MAYOR VIEAU RECOMMENDS A COVID-SAFE HALLOWEEN
CHICOPEE – Following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendation on Monday, September 21, 2020, Mayor John L. Vieau and Chicopee Health Director Lisa Sanders recommend the City of Chicopee residents follow a COVID-safe version of Halloween.
“Trick-or-treating door-to-door is just not safe,” expressed Mayor Vieau. “There is too much potential for community spread. Participation in traditional Halloween activities should be avoided. I feel our residents can come up with some pretty creative options that would be both safe and fun.”
The Chicopee Board of Health and the CDC caution that anyone who has tested positive or may have been exposed to COVID-19 - should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not hand out treats to trick-or-treaters.
Chicopee residents are encouraged to avoid high-risk activities, which include:
Moderate-risk activities could include:
Low-risk activities could include:
Costume Masks - are NOT a substitute for a cloth mask, per the CDC.
"A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face," the CDC said. "Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask."
For more information on CDC guidelines for safer Halloween activities visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html