As Halloween 2020 comes to a close, it's time to sit and reflect. The plan this year was to proceed with Halloween door-to-door trick-or-treating but with rules to help keep families safe.
Neighborhoods across the state of Kentucky and in other parts of the country had established certain rules and guidelines for this year's Halloween gatherings. For instance, distributing candy was to be a 'no touch, clean, and sanitize' scenario. In one Paducah neighborhood, approximately 10% of homes followed 'no touch' candy distribution, 40% of the candy givers wore masks and social distanced, leaving the remaining neighbors sticking to the traditional 'trick-or-treat' approach...according to one of the trick-or-treating families.
Jefferson Street in Paducah is typically overrun with trick-or-treaters. It's the Halloween 'hot spot'. The beautiful scenic street located in the heart of the city is lined with brick two story homes built in the 1800s. Many of the homes were built for riverboat captains and those that worked on the Ohio River.
Due to COVID-19, the Jefferson Street Neighborhood Association decided week's ago that the regular Halloween celebration that attracts 1,000s of trick-or-treaters each season would be altered. They wanted to encourage families to stay in their own neighborhoods in order to follow CDC guidelines regarding large gatherings. That being said, there were no elaborate decorations, no creepy displays of horror, and fewer homes providing candy. In fact, one of its residents donated the usual money spent on candy and decorations each year to local charities.
As the world is experiencing the effects of COVID-19 once again, now is the time to follow local, state, and CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread of the disease.
If you've paid attention to world news, Europe is shuttering businesses for the second time since the pandemic began. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson said England will enter its second lockdown now through sometime in December. "The virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst-case scenario of our scientific advisors, whose models ... now suggest unless we act, we could see deaths in this country running at several thousand a day," Johnson said in an address to the nation.
Halloween 2020 had a COVID-19 plan to help keep everyone safe. Seeing the actions of many in our neighborhood...it's no wonder McCracken County is in the red zone.
Now is the time to act and keep your family safe. As it stands, school districts in our area are in the process of returning to virtual learning, hybrid instruction, or are keeping a close eye on incidence rates. They are alerting parents that students should be ready for in-person classes to be disrupted.
Halloween is a fun time. It's full of laughing children, delicious chocolates, creative costumes, and family fun. Saturday night's free-for-all was disappointing and shocking. If we're unable to follow a few sensible rules during a Halloween event, what's going to happen over the holidays? Be sensible America.