METHUEN (CBS) — The city of Methuen said trick-or-treating will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Halloween this year. The change comes after the season’s high Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) threat.
“The 6:00 pm end time will ensure that activities can be finished before dusk to address any concerns about mosquito exposure,” said Mayor James Jajuga in a statement. “The City is acting out of an abundance of caution to ensure that children can enjoy Halloween safely.”READ MORE: 2 Hanover Street Banks Robbed Within 10-Minute Timeframe Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon?
It is recommended that residents still take their own precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses, such as wearing bug spray and long clothing.MORE NEWS: Salem Requires Negative COVID Tests At Large Indoor Events During Halloween Season
Some of the EEE threat could be irradicated with the first frost this weekend.