ARROYO GRANDE, CALIFORNIA – Following the issuance of guidance from the County of San Luis Obispo (County) and the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) regarding Halloween activities, the City of Arroyo Grande is cautioning residents and visitors from participating in high-risk activities listed in the guidance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of traditional Halloween activities, the City is pleased to offer AG Days of Halloween events, which are scheduled to take place leading up to and through Halloween Day.
The County and CDC guidance list certain Halloween activities that fall within low-, moderate-, and high-risk categories. Traditional trick-or-treating is listed as a high-risk activity and is not recommended this year due to the pandemic. As a result, the annual “Halloween in the Village” event will not be occurring, and West and East Branch Streets will not be closed to accommodate this traditional Halloween Day event. The City is further requesting that locations where large numbers of trick-or-treaters traditionally gather be avoided this year.
City Manager Whitney McDonald stated “we appreciate the continued efforts of our residents, visitors, and businesses in safeguarding our health by refraining from high-risk Halloween activities this year. Your diligence and understanding are helping to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to allow more businesses and activities to resume under the State’s public health orders.”
As an alternative, the City is encouraging residents and visitors to participate in the AG Days of Halloween events which will include home decorating contests, virtual costume contests, a physically distanced movie night, and more! More information about these events can be found on the City’s website at www.arroyogrande.org. “We are thrilled to offer a series of Halloween-themed activities as alternatives to traditional high-risk events. We look forward to seeing your spookiest and most creative expressions at work this Halloween!” stated Ms. McDonald.
More information about the County’s guidance for Halloween can be found at ReadySLO.org.
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Whitney McDonald, City Manager
Sheridan Bohlken, Recreation Services Director