THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, October 16, 2020 Page 3 City officials: Halloween’s coming, make the right decision If you participate, do it safely...but it’s a good year to consider “sitting it out” By Steve Freker • Consider leaving hand sanC hris Webb had a simple, but fi tting piece of advice for those Malden residents who may be uneasy about the upcoming, pandemic-era Halloween night. “If in doubt, sit it out,” was the basic message delivered by the city’s Public Health Director at the recent Malden COVID-19 update panel discussion, which was held virtually on the Malden Access Television/Urban Media Arts (MATV/ UMA) YouTube livestream Thursday night. Webb said this year, where the world has been shaken by the coronavirus pandemic, would be a good year to stay away from participating in any Halloween observances or celebrations, if you have any concerns or anxiety over taking part in the usual traditions of the holiday. “If you have any uneasiness or reservations about taking part in Halloween this year, then you probably should take this one off ,” Webb said. “There will be plenty of other opportunities in the future.” “We might miss one Halloween, but we will make it up with tons of Halloweens down the road,” said Ward Five School Committeeman Adam Weldai, another panelist. For those who still want to keep the tradition of Halloween alive this year, Webb and other panelists at the COVID-19 update session urged the public to follow enhanced health and safety protocols. Mayor Gary Christenson, an enthusiastic participant in many city-held Halloween events for many years, echoed these sentiments, encouraging those who do mark Halloween traditionally on Saturday, October 31, to do it safely. The Mayor also revealed that in lieu of distributing treats, such as candy, on Halloween this year – the fi rst at the new Malden City Hall located at 215 Pleasant St. – he and staff will instead be disitizer by any treats left out for trick-or-treaters to use; • Observe good hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol; face.” Gina S Soldano REALTOR® ABR®, AHWD, e-PRO®, GREEN, MRP®, PSA®, SFR®, SRES®, SRS® Broker/Associate Those who are participating and celebrating Halloween this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, are urged to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local guidelines in order to ensure their own and their loved ones’ health and safety. (Courtesy Photo) tributing protective face covering masks emblazoned with the city logo. Prior to the COVID-19 update meeting the night of October 8, there was a monthly meeting of the Malden Board of Health, chaired by Kourtney Nickerson, who was also a member of the COVID-19 update panel. At that meeting, the Board of Health voted to adopt guidelines for Malden residents to follow in order to keep safe and healthy during Halloween. The Board of Health released a list of “Tips for a Safe and Healthy Halloween”: “For residents celebrating Halloween, the following provides guidance and safety tips that will limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. As a reminder, any Halloween activity is subject to the current state gathering size limits as well as applicable sector-specific workplace safety standards.” “Consistent with the Halloween activity guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mass Department of Public Health, please keep in mind the following safety tips: • Enjoy Halloween outside rather than attending indoor events; • To protect yourself and others, wear a protective face mask or covering instead of or in addition to a costume mask. A costume mask is not a substitute for a face mask or covering; • Always maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from individuals who are not members of the same household; • Instead of traditional trick or treating, opt for one-way trickor-treating, with treats placed outside of the home for trick-ortreaters as a ‘grab and go’ while keeping distance from others; • Place candy on a platter instead of a bowl; Millennium Real Estate 291 Ferry Street, Everett, MA 02149 (857) 272-4270 Gina.Soldano@era.com gsoldanorealtor.com AUTOTECH 1989 SINCE CA$H FOR YOUR CAR! DRIVE IT - PUSH IT - TOW IT! Cold Hard Cash For Your Car, Truck or SUV! 2012 KIA SOUL One Owner, Most Power Options, 101K Miles, Warranty, Runs & Looks Great! FUN IN THE SUN $6,500 Easy Financing Available! EddiesAutotech.com PRICED RIGHT! $5,350 781-321-8841 1236 EasternAve • Malden We Pay Cash For Your Vehicle! 2008 CHEVROLET IMPALA LT Leather, Loaded with Moon Roof, One Owner, Warranty, Only 104K Miles • Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy; and, • Refrain from touching your $1.55 GALLON We accept: MasterCard * Visa * & Discover Price Subject to Change without notice 100 Gal. Min. 24 Hr. Service 781-286-2602

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