It has been 240 days since the first reported case of COVID-19 in New Jersey. After eight months, I understand that we are all suffering from pandemic fatigue, but this virus has been waiting for us to get lax in our personal responsibilities. As we enter Halloween weekend, I want to remind everyone that our state is seeing an increase of new cases linked to small gatherings in private homes, where people are more likely to let their guard down. If you are celebrating Halloween this weekend, please do your best to keep your Halloween activities outside and maintain social distancing.
The Mendham Township Recreation Department is hosting a Halloween Party today at Brookside Field from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. There will be games, music, a fire safety demonstration, and lots of fun for the entire family. We look forward to seeing you dressed up and ready for the festivities!
Tonight, trick-or-treating will take place in the Township from 4:00pm - 8:30pm. Please trick-or-treat in small groups and make sure that someone has a flashlight. For those putting out treats, please do your best to arrange your treats in such a way that they can be quickly and safely accessed without multiple pieces being touched. If you are trick-or-treating, do not approach a house that has their lights off, a sign posted that they are not participating or something taped across their door or walkway.
Remember - no Halloween costume is complete without a face mask!
On a different but related note, over the last few weeks there has been an uptick in burglaries and car thefts across Morris County. The 9pm Routine of locking your car, setting your alarms, and bringing all of your belongings in every night, needs to be a routine that you follow all day, every day. Just last week, Mendham Township Police responded to an attempted break-in during the morning hours. We live in a safe town, but crimes can still happen.
I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween weekend. Looking forward to seeing your festive costumes and face coverings!