COVID-19 has Mayors advising citizens to refrain from typical Halloween activities

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Costume-wise, Halloween is going to keep a pretty consistent look with previous years. How folks celebrate it? Not so much.

“This year, Halloween is going to be a challenge because of COVID-19,” said Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea.

Mayors like Lea and Dublin’s Benny Skeens are informing residents that Halloween festivities will have some strict guidelines — or that they might need to be put on hold this year.

Halloween Advisory from Dublin Mayor Benny Skeens

“We want to make sure our kids, our children, stay safe and their families that are involved,” Lea continued. “So we are working on that and that will come pretty soon.”

“I think the typical kind of trick or treating things, spending time with folks in close space, whether that’s in somebody’s vestibule or what have you, is probably less of a good idea this year,” said Lisa Lee, Assoc. VP for Research and Innovation at Virginia Tech.

“It’s on a Saturday this year, so nobody’s going to want to “cancel” Halloween,” said Kali Greenway, a Radford resident.

Greenway was shopping for costumes at Spirit Halloween in Christiansburg.

The store follows CDC guidelines, and Greenway says many others can too with Halloween with just a little bit of creativity.

“I’ve seen different ideas, such as having that social distance, the candy shoot,” Greenway described. “That way you can still pass out candy but maintain that social distance and show… ‘OK! How into Halloween are you? Prove it!'”

Lee with Virginia Tech hopes the guidelines will keep strangers from interacting and potentially spreading the virus.

Greenway hopes everyone can play it safe and still enjoy the holiday.

“Hopefully others have the decency to try and think ‘OK. We’re going to remain socially distanced. We’re going to wait our turn to go up to the door, take on piece of candy, and then we’re just gonna keep moving,'” Greenway said.

The CDC warns that even open air ventures like trunk or treating and hay rides can pose a Coronavirus threat if people do not properly socially distance.

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