Prepare for a very different Halloween this year

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It’s never too early to prepare for Halloween and Halloween will not be canceled this year as some may have feared. But how we celebrate the event will definitely change because of the pandemic.

With the recently eased restrictions of the now safer-at-home order, Guam Police Department spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao went on air with K57’s Patti Arroyo to remind island residents that even if they are not sure what Halloween festivities are in store for this year, people should continue practicing COVID-19 precautions and GPD will be there to guarantee public safety on the “spooky” holiday.

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“From an individual family perspective, it’s the planning and assuring the safety of first and foremost, the kids and how you want to celebrate Halloween. It’s going to be different this year, like a lot of things with COVID, everything is different. So once we get the guidance from the government, you know, how we’re going to move forward, the Guam Police Department, like what we’re done before in Halloween past, will pretty much deploy our resources to ensure the safety of the trick-or-treaters,” Tapao said.

He added: “GPD will be visible because, you know, Halloween is widely celebrated around the island and we see a lot of pedestrian traffic in the major villages, among gatherings too, so we want to prepare ourselves for that.”

According to DPHSS Spokesperson Janela Carrera, it’s difficult to say what the plan of action is at this time. It truly depends on what state of emergency level the island would be in then.

DPHSS will probably have to partner up with GPD to coordinate the type of restrictions that will be in place. However if a child is considered high risk or vulnerable, it is encouraged to celebrate Halloween at home.

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