Health Director: ‘Strongly Discourage Traditional Trick or Treating in Person’ In Framingham

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FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham Health Director Sam Wong said tonight, October 20, the “health department and the City strongly discouraging the traditional trick or treating in person.”

Dr. Wong said during a Community Zoom hour with the Mayor, he is recommending Framingham residents use the CDC list of lower risk activities for Halloween.

These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

For seven consecutive weeks, Framingham has been a high-risk community for the coronavirus in the state.

Framingham became a high-risk or red community the last week of August.

At that time the City’s positive cases per day over 100,000 individuals was 8.7.

Seven weeks later, and that number has almost doubled to 17.9 cases per day.

Mayor Yvonne Spicer said earlier this month her administration has no plan to stop the spread of the virus.

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