Thursday, October 15, 2020

Mayo County Council has issued advice ahead of Oiche Shamhna warning that Covid-19 is the ‘new wicked witch’ this Halloween.

Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer is reminding parents that there should be no trick-or-treating this year.

National advice is to protect yourself and your community, you should not go trick-or-treating, mixing with others outside is not allowed or private gatherings this Halloween season,” said Mr Gibbons.

He said there is scope for alternative spooky celebrations but urged the public to take care.

 “With new activities being planned for Halloween to replace the traditional trick-or-treating, with some doing these things more virtually, road safety professionals are appealing to all parents to incorporate road safety in their Halloween plans. Some of these new activities might include zoom fancy dress parties, make-shift drive-in cinemas, fancy dress cycles or fancy dress walks, and we are appealing for the organisers of such events to adhere to Covid-19 Guidelines. Young cyclists and pedestrians should be visible to motorists and ensure that the stylish costumes don’t create a trip/ fall hazard.  We are also appealing for motorists to be alert for these young and not so young people on foot and bike,” said Mr Gibbons.

He encouraged parents to take care on ‘drive’bys.’

 “Another form of Halloween activity being planned are house drive-bys, where parents are getting their children to dress up and then drive them by their friends or neighbours’ houses.  We are appealing to parents to ensure that all car occupants wear a seat belt and not to overload their cars with passengers and for all these young passengers not to distract the driver. Passenger safety is paramount when travelling in a car and it is the driver’s responsibility to make sure that they are safe. Each passenger requires a seatbelt so don’t overload your car no matter how short the journey”.

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