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City of Niagara Falls guidelines & recommendations for Halloween weekend


Fri, Oct 30th 2020 07:00 am

From the office of Mayor Robert Restaino:

Halloween in the Cataract City will be observed from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The City of Niagara Falls urges that, as residents plan ways to celebrate Halloween this year, they use caution and common sense when deciding how to spend the holiday weekend.

The city asks that residents continue to abide by COVID-19 restrictions by practicing social distancing, handwashing and sanitizing protocol, and mask-wearing (note that costume masks are not considered to be suitable substitutes for cloth masks).

The CDC has provided guidelines for lower-, moderate-, and higher-risk Halloween and fall-related activities. These guidelines are as follows:

Lower Risk Activities:

•Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them;

•Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends; and

•Decorating your house, apartment, or living space.

Moderate Risk Activities:

•Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of your driveway or the edge of a yard).

√ If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags.

√ Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are worn, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart.

√ A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more breathable fabric layers that cover the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.

√ 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.

•Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is enforced, and people can maintain social distancing.

Higher Risk Activities:

•Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door;

•Attending crowded costume parties held indoors;

•Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming; and

•Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors.

The full list of CDC guidelines can be found at:


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