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Salineville’s Halloween hangs in the balance

SALINEVILLE –While Halloween trick or treat and the parade remains on the schedule in the village for Oct. 31, Mayor Linda Adams said that could change if coronavirus cases spike before then.

Adams said at this point, the Southern Local High School marching band is planning to march. But if for some reason the band cannot participate, such as the school district transitioning to remote learning or other changes the protocols about performances, then the parade will be canceled.

Otherwise, the parade will form in the parking lot between the village hall and the former Huntington Bank branch and travel up West Main Street, to the corner of West Main and Washington Street at 5 p.m.

Trick or treat also will happen between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., unless the county health department or the state health department issues orders between now and Oct. 31, which would cancel it.

Adams also gave some suggestions for keeping everyone safe in the midst of COVID-19.

Those participating in giving out treats are asked to turn on their porch lights and greet trick-or-treaters outside to avoid inviting them into the house.

Those participating should limit the number of houses they visit and practice social distancing with the other children and at the houses where they go. Additionally, children are asked to avoid large groups and stay home if they are sick. Wear masks and if you need one, there are extras available that can be picked up prior to the parade at Village Hall.

Carry hand sanitizer and consider wiping off the candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. Never take homemade treats from strangers.

The fire department and police department will be out during trick-or-treat to help keep everyone safe.

In other matters:

— The personnel committee of council will hold a special meeting to discuss revisions to the personnel handbook at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 27.

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