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No trick or treating this year, says PPP

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The PPP is warning families to avoid trick or treating this year. Picture: Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

FAMILIES across the borough are being advised to avoid trick or treating this year.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Public Protection Partnership (PPP) is asking people to rethink which Hallowe’en traditions they participate in this autumn.

Knocking on doors and taking sweets from bowls that could be touched by many people is being discouraged in order to protect trick or treaters and households alike.

Instead, the PPP – run by three councils including Wokingham borough – suggests families should enjoy the spooky season differently this year.

Rather than trick or treating, the partnership has suggested trying pumpkin trails – where families head out together to look for houses with Hallowe’en decorations. And each time they spot one, children can get a sweet.

This gives youngsters the opportunity to dress up and go out on a walk while remaining safe and protecting others, the PPP said.

Earlier this month, Wokingham.Today reported on a number of Covid-safe Hallowe’en events being held across the borough.

The partnership also recommended that families arrange their own Hallowe’en themed scavenger hunts at home to ensure the streets are not too busy on Saturday, October 31.

“Hallowe’en during the Covid-19 pandemic is one that’s likely not to be forgotten, so get creative in how you celebrate with your children in a way that protects both your family and others,” a spokesperson for the PPP said. “If you are out and about, or planning activities at home, please remember the rule of six and not to gather in groups of more than six people — including children.

“Also, remember social distancing on a night which might be busier than normal on the pavements.”

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