Suffolk Legislator William “Doc” Spencer urged safety first Thursday while encouraging residents to enjoy Halloween.
“There’s evidence of a second wave” of Covid-9 infection, Spencer, an otolaryngologist, said. Halloween “is a great time to socialize but we don’t want it to be a great time to spread Covid.”
Spencer is sponsoring a house and lawn Halloween decorating contest, with residents adorning their properties for inclusion in a “Halloween Spirit Map” that others can use to tour around town and admire their creativity.
“The key to successfully navigating the ongoing risks of COVID-19 has been to adapt to the circumstances. No one wants Halloween to be canceled, but many want to protect the health and safety of their loved ones,” Spencer said at a press conference in front of a thoroughly decorated Mill Dam Pond restaurant.
“The contest simultaneously captures the great spirit of Halloween with an adventurous and creative option while avoiding the concerns that may come with traditional activities,” Spencer said.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in the contest. To be a contestant, email [email protected] His office is also looking for volunteers to serve as judges.
He also said that families that want to allow their children to go trick or treating to take precautions including avoiding homes that indicate they are not participating.
· Always wear a mask: Masks for children, family members, and those passing out candy are non-negotiable. If your child has a mask built into their costume, make sure they’re wearing an appropriate face covering to protect from the virus. Protective masks should cover your nose and mouth, fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, and allow for breathing without restriction.
· Keep your distance: Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, avoid crowds, and limit the size of your group to people you live with.
· Stay outdoors: The risk of spread is lower when outside, but remember to take precaution. Avoid large gatherings indoors.