WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Chair Jonathan Eaton announced that trick or treating will be permitted on Halloween this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Traditionally, Wilmington has not set hours or restrictions. We’ve left it up to people. That, in the large picture, is not going to change,” began Eaton. “Big picture, the approach is to stay home if you’re not feeling well. Consider wearing a mask over your nose and mouth while trick or treating and handing out treats. Avoid large gatherings and parties and find ways to trick or treat while saying at least 6 feet away from others. Practice frequent hand cleaning. Bring a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer while trick or treating and use it often.”
“Trick or treating is something that is 100% option for both kids and adults,” stressed Eaton. “If you do not feel safe or comfortable, then you should definitely not partake in trick or treating or providing candy.”
“Folks who do participate in Halloween don’t know what the health or risk susceptibility of the resident on the door they may be knocking,” he added. “We just ask that you exercise patience and understanding. There may be some folks for private health reasons may not be as comfortable opening the door to a few dozen strangers.
In response to a question from Selectman Kevin Caira, Town Manager Hull noted that the Recreation Department has cancelled the Horribles Parade due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Wilmington Recreation Department and Board of Health issued the following statement, reinforcing what was announced on Monday night:
“Due to the restrictions on large gatherings during the pandemic, the Horribles Parade will not be able to be held this year. However, the Director of Public Health has allowed for trick-or-treating, at the discretion of each family. Please maintain social distances, wear masks and sanitize before and afterwards.”
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