ALBANY – The future of Halloween trick-or-treating will not be decided by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The Governor, in a phone interview with News 12’s Tara Joyce on Tuesday morning, said he will leave the decision up to parents.
“You have neighbors – if you want to go knock on your neighbor’s door, God bless you and I can’t tell you not to,” the Governor told. “If you want to go for a walk with your child through the neighborhood, I’m not gonna tell you can’t take your child to the neighborhood, I’m not going to do that – I’ll give you my advice and guidance and then you will make a decision what you do that night.”
Cuomo made his comments after rumors circulated that he was planning to ban the festive activity because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Monday night’s Jamestown City Council Work Session meeting, officials briefly discussed the matter.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist says, after speaking with other mayors around the state, he is leaning towards not sanctioning the activity because of COVID-19 concerns.
He says many parents may decide to keep their children home, regardless of what local leaders do.
However, officials would likely not ban the activity.
“The authorization that is typically passed by the Council normally would lift the curfew for kids going out in the dark, especially younger children, who are going trick-or-treating,” said Sundquist. “I don’t think there is any intent that we are going to have our police officers tell children that they have to go home, but I do not think that it is necessarily prudent that we say it’s a good thing for our kids to go and potentially spread this virus.”
City leaders plan to continue discussing the future of trick-or-treating during coming meetings after seeking input from others in the community.
Halloween will take place on Sat., Oct. 31.