Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Mayor announces city's detailed plans for Halloween; churches will provide 'safe zones' for kids to have fun

By Taylor Beavers
University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media

New safety guidelines will be implemented in Midway this Halloween to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, Mayor Grayson Vandegrift announced in a video today. 

The City Council set trick or treat festivities for 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31 to “dilute the typical crowd,” especially on streets such as Winter and West Higgins, said Vandegrift.

He said Midway is introducing “safety zones” for Halloween. These locations, at five churches, are for families who want to participate in trick or treating, but want to take extra precautions against the virus.

Vandegrift said these zones are designed to have little to no risk of spreading the virus. Candy will be passed through PVC pipe and there will be socially distanced activities such as pumpkin carving and ring toss. He said more information about these activities will be released closer to Halloween.

He said the safety zones will be located at Midway Presbyterian Church, Midway Christian Church, Midway United Methodist Church, St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, and Pilgrim Baptist Church.

“If you’re worried about going all around, here’s a place,” said Vandegrift. “Five zones that will be safe where they can get plenty of candy.”

He encouraged people, when they are passing out candy, to put pre-wrapped candy on a table in their yard to maintain social distancing.

In order to further follow social distancing, Vandegrift said, “We should really only be traveling with people from our own households.”

Masks must be worn while trick or treating. He said that a Halloween mask is not enough and that a real mask must be worn underneath, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Halloween parties are “off the table,” said Vandegrift. He said they are “probably the biggest threat to community spread” of the virus.

He said other things that are not allowed this year are “trunk or treats” and haunted houses.

The mayor also said that if there is an outbreak in Midway before Halloween, the festivities may be cancelled.

“I believe firmly that if we do this the right way,” he said, “we’re going to have a safe, happy Halloween.”

Vandegrift encouraged people who have questions to email him at mayorgrayson@gmail.com.

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