The following statement was delivered at the October 5, 2020 meeting of Oakwood City Council:
At a September 17 press conference, Governor DeWine issued the following statement regarding Halloween activities:
“Governor DeWine reminded parents that Halloween activities will be different this year than in years past. He encouraged parents and children to wear a mask, practice social distancing, avoid large groups, and to stay home if sick. Final decisions on whether to hold or participate in trick-or-treating or other events should be made by local communities, individuals, and parents. The state will be developing guidance for Halloween and it will be posted on coronavirus.ohio.gov to help communities and families plan for the holiday.”
Following the press conference, the state issued a Responsible RestartOhio paper entitled “Celebrating Halloween”. That paper provides Recommended Best Practices for conducting Halloween activities.
In response to the state guidance, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County issued a paper on Halloween safety and trick-or-treating.
We believe that parents and adults should make the decision on if and how to celebrate Halloween this year. This includes whether to participate in trick-or-treating from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. If parents choose to allow their children to participate in trick-or-treating, we strongly encourage following the state and county health district recommendations. Likewise, if property owners choose to hand out candy, we strongly encourage following the same state and county health district recommendations.
Halloween is still nearly four weeks away. If things change and new directives are issued by the Ohio Department of Health and/or Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, we will issue updated guidance.