Trick-or-treating is prohibited this year in Lowell. Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is considered a "higher risk activity" by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the weeks leading up to Halloween, Lowell has experienced an uptick in new cases of COVID-19. Given these factors, City health and safety officials determined that allowing trick-or-treating would pose a substantial risk to public health in the City.
The City encourages families that are seeking to form alternative Halloween plans to consider activities that are considered low-risk by the CDC. A complete list classifying common Halloween activities is available here.
Indoor events involving high volumes of people from different households pose a significant risk for COVID-19 transmission. Residents are advised not to host or attend any large indoor gatherings, such as costume parties.
As always, face coverings should be worn during any activity where you may encounter an individual from outside of your household unit. Costume masks are not a substitute for proper cloth face coverings.