OXFORD — The Commissioners of Oxford have approved a set of recommendations for Halloween.
The Oct. 31 holiday falls on Saturday this year. The town is recommending trick-or-treating between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The town is also telling residents who want to hand out candy to leave their lights on but to put wrapped candy outside. Trick-or-treaters are also being advised to wear protective masks and to not eat candy until they get home.
“Obviously with the pandemic going on we want to make sure we have a safe and secure Halloween,” said Oxford Commissioner Jimmy Jaramillo.
Jaramillo said the town is recommending trick-or-treaters and others follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. He said the town did not receive public comments on the issue before commissioners decided on the recommendations.
The towns of St. Michaels and Easton are not prohibiting trick-or-treating but they are also not promoting Halloween events.
The Talbot County Health Department reported 15 new coronavirus cases locally on Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday. Oct. 16. There are currently 27 active COVID cases countywide.
Jaramillo said he wants the town to have a safe Halloween but also wants the community to remain vigilant when it comes to the virus