Over the past few weeks, there has been an increase in COVID-19 positive cases in New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has reported that the state is seeing increasing signs of community spread, predominantly in kids and young adults. This past Thursday, the rate of transmission was 1.22. As the cold weather sets in and people move indoors, the threat of transmission is even greater. We have all had a long seven months, but it’s vital that we continue to follow the steps that we know can help mitigate the spread of this virus: social distancing, wearing a mask, getting tested, and staying home when you're sick. Additionally, if you've had close contact with someone who has had COVID-19, please self-quarantine.
As we move into the middle of October, the question of Halloween and trick-or-treating has come up frequently. On Monday, October 5th, the Governor reported that Halloween is on! The NJDOH has sent out guidance, which has been posted on the Mendham Township website, that those who plan to trick-or-treat should limit their groups to current household members. It is also recommended that you stay local. I know many of you travel outside your neighborhoods or our town to go trick-or-treating. This year, if possible, please consider staying local and trick-or-treating in your neighborhood.
For those putting out treats, do your best to limit your interaction with the trick-or-treaters. One option that the NJDOH has detailed is to arrange individually packaged candy so that trick-or-treaters can grab and go without accessing a shared bowl. Alternatively, you can leave a treat bowl in a place where it may be easily accessed while adhering to social distancing requirements. If you don’t feel comfortable with those options, please wear a mask when individuals come to your door, and regularly wash your hands and/or wear gloves.
I know there are some households that are not comfortable with engaging in Halloween festivities this year. We are working with our Mendham Township Police Department to help distinguish houses participating in trick-or-treating from those that do not wish to participate. If you are a household that wishes to not participate, feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com.
Our Recreation Department is also putting together some social distancing Halloween activities for kids during Halloween weekend which will be a great alternative to trick-or-treating. Please keep an eye out for those during the next couple of weeks.
As you prepare your Halloween costumes, make sure a face covering is part of your costume. Spirit Halloween has released a line of festive face masks for adults and children. Halloween is more than just a fun activity, but a real tradition. We want to ensure that everyone has the chance to enjoy Halloween in the most safe and responsible way possible.
Mayor, Mendham Township