AKRON, Ohio — Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published on Oct. 31, 2020.
“Akron police patrols will pay special attention to children and families walking city neighborhoods to promote a safe and successful celebration for all,” according to a press release from city officials. “Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to use caution and to always follow current guidance from our medical experts.”
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is also urging all eligible residents to get vaccinated before trick-or-treat night.
“Please be cautious, look out for one another, and follow current guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” he said in a press release. “And if you or your eligible children haven’t been vaccinated yet, there is still time to be fully immunized against COVID-19 before Halloween night!”
City officials also outlined the following safety trick-or-treat safety tips:
Stay on the Sidewalk
You will often see crowds of families walking through the streets during Trick or Treat. While it may seem safe, it’s better to stay on the sidewalk with your children. You don’t want to risk the chance of being overlooked by a driver.
It’s best to be extra cautious and attentive while you’re out with the kids. Don’t assume that drivers are paying attention.
Avoid Obstructions to Vision
Dressing up is a lot of fun, and there are endless opportunities for costumes, but try to avoid masks that may obstruct you or your child’s vision. It’s important to maintain a full line of sight while you’re walking around at night.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It is also free and easy to access. For individuals seeking to be vaccinated against this disease or more information about the vaccine, please visit www.scph.org/covid.
Maintain Social Distance and Wear a Mask particularly if Unvaccinated
Facial coverings are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated or in a crowded setting when social distancing cannot be maintained. Costume masks are not an appropriate form of face coverings, and wearing a costume mask in addition to cloth face covering is not recommended.
Carry Hand Sanitizer
Carry sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming in contact with frequently touched surfaces or other people.
If You’re Sick, Stay Home
If you or your child are feeling ill, please stay home and do not participate in Halloween activities this year.
3News is currently compiling a list of community trick-or-treat schedules for Northeast Ohio. We will post those HERE very soon.