Ridgefield Selectwoman and CHIRP founder and producer, Barbara Manners has announced to the community that Ridgefield's much-loved Halloween Walk, an event sponsored by the Holiday Trust Fund, will not take place this year.
Manners explains, "Sadly and very regretfully, after speaking about it with those people and with the Chief of Police in our own town and with our First Selectman, I've reached an unfortunate conclusion. I can find no feasible way for The Holiday Trust Fund to sponsor the event that would prevent it from becoming another superspreader event. There are just too many people, young and old, who flock to Main Street between its scheduled hours of 10-12 on the Saturday before or of Halloween, to ensure any form of social distancing."
Halloween is still happening, just not the Halloween Walk
Manners says, "Unless there is a State Order to do so, we are not restricting "trick or treating" on Saturday, Oct. 31."
Manners and the Town of Ridgefield are urging those partaking in the Halloween festivities to follow the directions for responsible social distancing and to wear masks, even outdoors on the 31st, so as to minimize risk.
"Parents of young children should not let them go out unaccompanied. And those homes and businesses who wish to participate in this cherished tradition should also follow both CDC and State guidelines on how to safely protect themselves and their venues from infection when trick or treaters visit them," says Manners. "Let's all follow the guidelines and hope that next year in 2021, 2020's precautions will be unnecessary," she adds.