City of Saginaw, Michigan

October 9, 2020 SAGINAW, MI–Residents will be happy to know that Halloween 2020 is not cancelled. However, residents are encouraged to follow the guidelines recently released from the Saginaw County Health Department.

The Saginaw Chief of Police has determined the Trick-or-Treat hours in the City of
Saginaw for Saturday, October 31, 2020 will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The City only
announces the suggested trick-or-treating hours of 6pm-8pm to establish a sense of order with the increased amount of pedestrian traffic for that evening. Participating is an individual decision of each family and household.

Here are a few key reminders to make the evening safe for those who choose to
participate in trick-or-treating:

  •  Trick-or-treat with people in your household and explain to children the importance of staying at least six feet away from people outside your group.
  •  Avoid congregating in groups near houses.
  •  Wear a face mask — not a costume mask — covering both your mouth and nose.
  •  Only go to well-lit houses with safety measures in place.
And tips for participating homeowners:

  •  Use duct tape to mark six-foot lines in front of your home and leading to your driveway/front door.
  •  Wash your hands with soap and water before preparing any treats to be distributed, including pre-packaged candy.
  •  Position a disinfected distribution table between you and the trick-or-treaters and do not allow children to reach into containers to get their candy/treats.
  •  Consider laying out candy in an open space with one-way traffic flow or grab-and-go stations of individually prepared goodies.
  •  Wear a protective face covering/mask while distributing candy.
For those who decide to opt-out of trick or treating, the evening can still be fun for
everyone. Some safe at-home alternatives include candy scavenger hunts, having a piñata for kids, decorating pumpkins, or even a virtual Halloween costume contest.

"We want the evening to be fun, enjoyable, and most importantly, SAFE for all
children and their families. No matter how you choose to celebrate this Halloween, we urge all residents to use extreme caution and adhere to the guidelines provided by the Saginaw County Health Department." -Tim Morales, City Manager.

The successful Arson Watch Program will still be on alert this Halloween. Volunteer
teams will be on patrol throughout the city on October 30 and October 31 as part of Arson Watch. These teams will partner with the Police, Fire, and SCENIC Departments to watch for any suspicious activities and ensure our neighborhoods are safe throughout both nights.

“The Saginaw Police Department will be out in full force throughout the weekend. Our
main objective is the well-being of our citizens so that this is a memorable and enjoyable night for everyone in our community! We advise all citizens to drive slow and use extreme caution throughout the night.” -Robert Ruth, Chief of Police.

Visit the Saginaw County Health Department webpage for more information:
www.Saginawpublichealth.org/coronavirus/halloween-guidance/

Stay Safe and Happy Halloween!

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