October 07, 2020
To our Residents and the Manassas Park Community,
While Halloween typically represents a time of fun and excitement for children and adults alike, the current Halloween season will be different than prior years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In general, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) warn that the more closely people interact with each other and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The best way to avoid becoming infected is to avoid being exposed to the virus altogether. This is particularly important for people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Due to these risks, for Halloween this year, the City encourages residents to avoid the high risk activities as defined by the CDC below, such as traditional door to door trick or treating, and celebrate safely and responsibly with proper protective measures in place. This recommendation is consistent with many jurisdictions in our region, and is intended to keep our community safe.
However, we also understand that Halloween is a fun holiday for our children, a reprieve from a very challenging year. Therefore, as an alternative to traditional Trick or Treating, the City invites residents and their children to participate in our Halloween event on October 31, 2020 at the Community Center. Small, deliberately planned events like these are considered moderate risk by the CDC, and city staff has planned this event with the strictest protective measures in place to ensure your safety. Some of these measures include maximum capacity, social distancing, and the wearing of PPE etc.
As always, to protect against COVID-19, everyone should avoid close contact with people who do not live in their households, wear a mask (cloth face covering), and practice social distancing and frequent and proper hand washing. If you decide to attend our Halloween event, please do not use a costume mask as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.
We invite all residents to participate in this event, and we hope that it will bring some joy to our community during this difficult year. More information on the event can be found on our Community Center's website or in the presentation below, which was presented to the Governing Body at a Regular Meeting on October 06, 2020.
City of Manassas Park