As COVID-19 cases rise again, Halloween festivities require new protective measures

VERMONT – According to State Officials, Vermont has seen a spike of 140 new COVID-19 cases, a new high not seen since the outbreak began. Although most outbreaks have been confined to relatively small groups, these have been “community” outbreaks, and the numbers are expected to rise. with infection rates and case numbers expected to rise.

While new state restrictions are anticipated for the coming holiday season, Halloween festivities are still being permitted through the region – if current COVID-19 guidelines are adhered to.

Swanton will continue with plans for trick-or-treating in the village green from 5-3:30 p.m., but only those willing to wear face masks are permitted.

In St. Albans, the King’s Dauther’s Home located at 10 Rugg Street will be offering socially distanced trick-or-treating from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. Gift bags will be left on porches for trick-or-treaters to prevent face-to-face contact. Trick-or-treaters are also encouraged to ring the doorbell at the home so those inside can admire costumes from a safe distance with an adequate barrier between costumed visitors and those inside. Additionally, it is encouraged that anyone who does so first applies hand sanitizer.

Also in St. Albans, the Northside Baptist Church, located at 1321 Fairfax Road will host a drive-through “Trunk or Treat” from 4 – 6 p.m. Visitors must remain in their vehicles to trick or treat. Social distancing measures, masks and other precautions will be enforced.