Op-Ed: Halloween, 2019 ~ A Message from Town Manager Sarah Stanton

Town Manager here. In response to “Trick or Treating and EEE ~ What Happens at 6:01?” I thought it would be helpful to clarify a bit where the Town is coming from regarding Halloween.

Editor’s Note: Halloween will be celebrated in Bedford on Thursday, October 31, rain or shine.

The cautionary recommendation from the Town on the end time of trick-or-treating was exactly that, a recommendation. No mandate. No curfew. No demand. No policing. Simply a cautionary recommendation based on the public health information related to Triple E. Families, kids, and parents, are all more than welcome to chose to take the recommendation under advisement or stay out later. Whatever decision is best for your family, is best for your family.

I understand that commutes are tough at the end of the day, and working families are often scrambling to get home in time to start the festivities. Faces have to be painted, quick dinner appetizers before the candy entrees have to be eaten, and parents have to take a minute before they head right back out the door. For this reason, and many other reasons, the language put out by the Town was simply to take the recommended end time under advisement…not as a mandate.

As the public health officials for Bedford, the Town will always encourage, and share information, that keeps our residents safe, and healthy. In the case of Triple E, as Town officials, we share in the frustration around the community impacts of restricting evening activities. However, we also recognize how serious Triple E disease is, and the impact that it had on a family in nearby Sudbury. Halloween is always a wonderful night of the year (rain or shine), so my hope is that all Bedford kids are able to go out, wear great costumes, and gather lots of candy…even if that takes place past 6:00 PM.

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