Halloween is ON in Berkeley Heights! Although we want our kids to enjoy the holiday this year, we still cannot emphasize enough the importance of making sure both kids and adults practice safe COVID protocols. Regardless of what Halloween activities you choose to participate in, please choose outdoor over indoor activities, practice safe social distancing, wear masks over your nose and mouth, and practice frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Please note: simply wearing costume masks is NOT acceptable; those are no substitute for a proper cloth or disposable mask.
Our Township cannot afford to go backwards and close down; we are depending on YOU to ensure you and your children do their part in reducing the risk of exposure and spread of COVID19, not just on Halloween, but every day.
“We want the children in our community to enjoy this holiday after having their lives turned upside down by COVID,” said Mayor Angie Devanney. “But kids and parents have to be vigilant about safe COVID hygiene, or we risk slipping backwards with our COVID numbers in town. That is a risk that neither our local economy or our residents can afford to take.”
In addition, our local Berkeley Heights PBA Local 144 is sponsoring its annual Trunk or Treat event for our kids. COVID safety protocols will include: parking cars with at least one parking space in between; ensuring trunk or treaters all walk in the same direction; asking parents to sanitize kids' hands after visiting each trunk; and ensuring everyone wear COVID-appropriate masks.
Please read the New Jersey Department of Health Halloween COVID guidelines for trick or treat, trunk or treat, Halloween parties, haunted houses and hayrides, here.