Odessa officials encourage residents to stay safe this Halloween

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ODESSA,Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – Halloween is just around the corner and many are working to celebrate safely. The City of Odessa is not planning to enforce any COVID-19 restrictions this Halloween holiday, but they want residents to take care of one another.

Halloween usually calls for lots of trick or treaters and costume parties, but the ongoing pandemic is making celebrations this year difficult. Phillip Urrutia, the Assistant City Manager is encouraging Odessans to stay safe.

“Do observe CDC guidelines when Halloween approaches,” Urrutia said. ” Keep your hands clean , wear a mask if possible,keep you distance if possible.”

While the City of Odessa is not enforcing any restrictions on trick or treaters, they still have recommendations for how residents can celebrate this Halloween season safely.

“Something that we’re going to suggest, if you’re handing out candy that it be pre-packaged, that you leave it at a distance, you not necessarily have people coming to your door and have that face to face interaction,” Urrutia said. ” If you want to have it on some kind of table or chair in front of your door, and that way individuals can pick it up during their trick or treating.”

Downtown Odessa is also taking part on rolling out their Halloween celebrations, but from a social distance. Lawana Lambert, Executive Director of Downtown Odessa said they are launching a virtual scavenger hunt as part of their annual “Falloween” event.

“Why not a scavenger hunt?” Lambert said . ” People get out they safely stay in their cars with they’re friends or with their family, they drive around they find theses things, they get out snap a selfie. That’s safe and they can email that to us and submit it.”

Even though Downtown Odessa’s annual “Falloween” activities will look different this year, Lambert hopes to still give residents an opportunity to enjoy some festivities but also stay healthy.

” We don’t want to see numbers spike obviously,” Lambert said. ” We hope to see people having fun, we hope to see people enjoy, we hope to see people participating with us and just doing safe things.”

Downtown Odessa’s “Falloween” activities kicked off this week. If you are interested in being a part of the virtual scavenger hunt, enroll on Downtown Odessa’s website.

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