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Fall into the season with care

One of the understandable concerns of our pandemic-infested lives is how to regain any sense of normalcy, especially where holidays such as Halloween are concerned. If you are an individual or organization planning events, it bears repeating that extra precautions are required in order to accommodate people.

As reported last week, the City of Franklin wisely decided not to allow long lines of costumed kiddies parading up and down Main Street for candy this year. Instead, there’ll be a delivery system of treats and activities. There’s a limit of 200 households than can sign up, so reach out to the city’s Parks and Rec. at 757-562-2475 for details.

The Town of Boykins will again host a Pumpkin Festival this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last month, Mayor Carolyn Modlin stated that “hours and hours” have been spent to create as safe an event as possible by following all CDC guidelines regarding distancing, hand-washing stations, traffic pattern for walking, etc. Though not connected, the Boykins Ladies Auxiliary will host the Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that same day across from Boykins Baptist Church. We trust the organizers have also set up safety procedures.

No less important is that adults and children be mindful about wearing masks, keeping hands clean and staying spaced apart as much as feasible. This can minimize risk while at the same time maximizing the fun that can be had in living in the moment.