PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp issued Executive Order #5 that suspends all 2020 Halloween activities in the Queen City, including door-to-door trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treat activities, as well as carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, parades and haunted house attractions. The order takes effect immediately, and will remain until revoked or modified by the Mayor.
The Executive Order cites data on cumulative COVID-19 cases as a reason for the holiday cancelations:
- As of October 8, there are 2,495 total positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Plainfield. Although Plainfield has seen a drastic decline in numbers, the order states, the coronavirus can only continue to be contained by adhering to safety guidelines.
- Activities traditionally consist of trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, and gathering for parties, carnivals, or festivals with large crowds. These activities do not allow individuals to follow six-foot social distancing guidelines that help prevent the spread of the virus. Trick-or-treating is a social activity that, even with the use of masks and facial coverings, can result in the contraction of the virus.
- The rate of infection in the State of New Jersey is rising once again. While Plainfield's numbers have stabilized, residents must remember that Plainfield does not exist in a vacuum. One resident can bring the infection from outside Plainfield City borders and infect many within. Residents should continue to take the steps necessary to safeguard the vulnerable. One night of trick-or-treating is not worth the risk of infection or fatalities.
- Door-to-door trick-or-treating makes it difficult to maintain proper social distancing, and the sharing of food is deemed a risk by the New Jersey Department of Health.
Instead of trick-or-treating this year, the administration suggests residents donate monies otherwise spent on Halloween candy to local charitable organizations. Residents, parents, and guardians are also encouraged to find creative and safe alternatives for their children.
“We must act with caution in our city and prioritize our health even during days which are traditionally very social,” Mayor Mapp said. “Let’s act with selflessness and consider the well-being of our most vulnerable neighbors with every decision that we make amid this pandemic. Instead of partaking in social activities, I encourage everyone to make Halloween fun in the safety of your homes and create new traditions with your families. We had to adapt and improvise a lot this year, and this is no exception. Let’s continue to exercise caution; our efforts have been successful in slowing the spread of the virus in our city."
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