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Halloween isn't canceled, Portland city manager says

Posted at 6:30 AM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 06:48:40-04

PORTLAND, Mich. — Many families are still trying to figure out the best way to go about Halloween this year.

After receiving several inquiries from residents the past few weeks, the city of Portland in Ionia County wants residents to know Halloween is not canceled due to COVID-19 .

City Manager Tutt Gorman tells FOX 17 that trick or treating will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 31, and that, other than announcing the suggested trick or treating hours, the city has no authority to make further changes, since Halloween a national holiday.

However, they are urging people to follow the guidelines from the health department, like wearing a mask and not participating if you are showing any symptoms.

“At least from the city's standpoint, there's no ability to restrict or the free movement of our residences for what they do," said Gorman.

"In any type of orders from the public health department or recommendation, those guidelines should be looked at. Each resident should take a look at those and make those choices for themselves. But we encourage everyone to be safe and do what they can to protect themselves and others during this time,” he said.

Also, check your community Facebook pages for alternative trick or treating options. The City of Portland, for example,e is having a drive-thru trick-or-treat in the Mount Hope Church parking lot on Halloween from 6 to 8 p.m.