Connecticut town discourages any form of trick-or-treating this Halloween

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STAMFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — The city of Stamford is discouraging traditional trick-or-treating on Halloween this year.

Stamford officials say the risk of catching coronavirus is very real and Mayor David Martin is discouraging any form of trick-or-treating, even the popular alternative trunk-or-treating.

“Unfortunately, with COVID this year, that just is an unwise thing to do,” the mayor said.

Martin says children can catch coronavirus when touching goodies packaged by strangers, or even sharing treats with other kids.

The city says the state is seeing an uptick already and don’t want things to get worse because of the holiday.

Mayor Martin is advising parents to stay home and celebrate among family.

“We're actually seeing the number of cases go up in the country, in the state and we're beginning to see some of those trend lines go in the wrong direction in Stamford,” Mayor Martin said. “The cases are getting worse, so let's go out and have a party – that just doesn't make sense, it's a shame and I will tell you the reluctance on my part is that I don't want to be Scrooge.”

The mayor says it was a difficult decision to make, but “we need to be safe, we need to keep our kids safe.” He also says many people are not comfortable with opening their doors during the pandemic.

Martin suggests having Halloween movie night or a candy scavenger hunt at home.

Those who decide to go out anyway will not be ticketed, the mayor added. But, police officers will be out patrolling and watching for large gatherings, parties and other COVID-19 rule violations.

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