No city restrictions set for Halloween; officials urge safety precautions

With the coronavirus pandemic still active across the country, traditional fall activities could be seen as risky in 2020. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
With the coronavirus pandemic still active across the country, traditional fall activities could be seen as risky in 2020. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

With the coronavirus pandemic still active across the country, traditional fall activities could be seen as risky in 2020. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

With Halloween only days away, many residents in the area are wondering how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will affect the tradition of trick-or-treating in the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey said Oct. 19 the city does not regulate or restrict activities for Halloween or other major holiday traditions that are not city events.

"We've gotten a number of questions recently about Halloween and what is the city doing or is the city doing anything on restrictions on trick-or-treating?" Stuckey said. "The city is not. The city has never gotten into regulating any holiday, but especially Halloween. So that is up to the individual homeowner, individual resident [and] individual neighborhood about how they're handling that."

Stuckey said the city still plans to implement safety measures that are put in place each year, such as closing West Main Street to traffic. However, he said first responders who typically hand out treats to children will not be doing so this year.

The city of Brentwood has also issued a similar statement via its social media pages that it will not be placing restrictions on trick-or-treating.


However, both cities are urging residents to still take precautions to limit the spread of coronavirus regardless of how they celebrate the holiday, citing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that ask residents to considering lower-risk activities, such as holding virtual costume contests or having one-way trick-or-treating where children pick up individually wrapped bags from a safe distance.

Families can find more information about recommendations for holiday celebrations here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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