MARTINSVILLE – With Halloween rapidly approaching, the City of Martinsville has announced the schedule for Trick-or-Treat in the city. “Traditional” door-to-door Trick-or-Treating is a higher-risk Halloween activity as related to the spread of COVID-19. It is recommended that those wishing to provide treats do so by placing prepackaged treats in small goody bags and setting them at the edge of the porch or edge of the lawn for “grab-and-go” treating. If persons wish to do “traditional” door-to-door Trick-or-Treating, treats should be placed in the Trick-or-Treater’s bag/container by the giver, rather than having Treater reach into a bowl for a handful of treats.
Therefore, Trick-or-Treating may only take place on Saturday, October 31st from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Visits should only be made to houses where the porch lights are turned on. All those wishing to participate in Trick-or-Treat are reminded that certain precautions need to be taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include frequent hand washing/sanitizing and wearing a protective mask in addition to or in place of a costume mask. Those giving out treats should also be frequently washing/sanitizing their hands and wearing a mask.
Although this plan is within the parameters set forth by Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health, should a parent have concerns it is suggested that they not take their child door-to-door Trick-or-Treating. For those homeowners who may also have concerns, it is suggested that they simply not turn their porch lights on during the Trick-or-Treat hours.
Changes to this plan, including, cancelation of Trick-or-Treat hours, could take place with short notice should a new advisory be issued by the Indiana State Department of Health and/or the Morgan County Board of Health.