In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo, Bronson Hurst, 3, dressed as Captain America, picks out candy with LeAnna Tayor, 5, both of Millersburg, while trick-or-treating in downtown Goshen. Stsff photo by Ben MIkesell
In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo, Bronson Hurst, 3, dressed as Captain America, picks out candy with LeAnna Tayor, 5, both of Millersburg, while trick-or-treating in downtown Goshen. Stsff photo by Ben MIkesell
GOSHEN — Acknowledging the need to keep COVID-19 precautions at the forefront heading into the Halloween holiday, Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety members Monday voted to move forward with the city’s traditional trick-or-treating schedule.

At the meeting, board members approved a request by Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman to set the city’s 2020 trick-or-treating date and hours to run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

“We’ve been receiving more and more phone calls from both parents and different organizations about trick-or-treating and COVID-19,” Stutsman said in introducing the request. “Today, we talked with the health department, and talked with some state officials, and we are planning on moving forward with trick-or-treating this year.”

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Stutsman said he is currently planning to have a special press release sent out in the next week to two weeks that will outline all of the recommended extra safety measures city trick-or-treaters will be asked to abide by in order to keep risk to a minimum during the Halloween holiday.

“The main thought is, if all the kids are in school, having them spread out through the neighborhoods should be safe, too,” he told the board. “So, we’ll do all we can, but if the health department or others ask us to change this in the future, we’ll reserve the right to do that.”

The motion to approve the 2020 trick-or-treating hours was approved unanimously.
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