Mayor: Halloween trick-or-treating “personal choice”
CDC recommends against many traditional activities due to COVID concerns
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidelines urging Americans to refrain from traditional trick-or-treating activities this Halloween. However, there are no plans to prohibit activities in Dothan.
“I think how we celebrate Halloween is a personal choice,” Mayor Mark Saliba told WTVY on Tuesday. He, like most Alabama mayors, lacks authority to cancel Halloween activities, though Saliba said he would not do that even if he possessed that authority.
The CDC wants people to avoid most trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treat events, where treats are handed out from trunks of cars. The health organization also advises against crowded indoor costume parties, hayrides, and haunted houses.
Saliba said if people are not comfortable handing out candy at their door they can leave their porch light off, as always.
Neighborhoods that orchestrate Halloween events may decide not to participate this year, due to health concerns.
For children who choose not to trick-or-treat , Saliba suggests alternative activities.
Among them is Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treating on October 30 from 5-8 p.m. at Rip Hewes Stadium. Monster vendors will have decorated booths to scare and delight, according to Dothan Leisure Services. Vendors must wear masks and gloves, and those who visit must remain in their vehicles.
Like Dothan, other Alabama cities don’t plan to interfere with Halloween activities.
Governor Ivey has not indicated she plans to get involved.
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