Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Commonwealth Magazine: ‘Why don’t you just cancel Halloween?’

From CommonWealth Magazine we share an article of interest for Franklin:

"GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Tuesday that he won’t try to stop Halloween from happening, saying it is much safer for people to engage in outdoor trick-or-treating than it is to hold parties indoors.

“A whole bunch of people say to me, ‘Why don’t you just cancel Halloween?’ And the reason we’re not canceling Halloween is because that would have turned into thousands of indoor Halloween parties, which would have been a heck of a lot worse for public safety, and for the spread of the virus, than outdoor, organized, and supervised trick-or-treating,” said Baker at a press event in Salem with the city’s mayor, Kim Driscoll.

Baker said his administration will put out guidelines to cities and towns for safe trick-or-treating, but noted that communities will be able to make their own call on how they want to see the holiday roll out. The governor and Driscoll both said individuals will decide on their personal level of participation; Driscoll said homeowners who don’t want to give out candy can just shut off their lights.

The governor said he anticipates “hundreds of thousands of people” coming to Salem for Halloween-related festivities during October. “It’s like the swallows going home to Capistrano or wherever it is they go,” he said. “It’s just going to happen.”  

Continue reading the article online

Franklin does not control Halloween either and shared the guidance from the CDC and MA DPH

The Commonwealth article is a result of the discussion at Governor Baker's press conference on Tuesday. You can view the view conference here:  
Note there is intermittent video focus problems but the audio quality is consistently clear

Halloween in Salem. (Photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism)
Halloween in Salem. (Photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism)

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