Halloween in Romsey Town
Story by Naomi Aro
Johann Sebastian Bach (disputed), performed by Ashtar Moïra, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Covid-19's First Halloween
Can we go trick or treating?
As many wondered if Halloween was cancelled this year like other events and activites of 2020, fresh questions were arising around if Halloween was "Covid-safe". This year in the UK, it depended upon which region you were living in and for England in particularly, which tier level your local region was assigned to.
At the time of Halloween 2020 Cambridge is in the tier one (medium alert) category for England.[ 1 ]
What do those restrictions include you might wonder?
- You can mix socially in a group of up to six people from multiple households. This includes children and applies indoors and outdoors, including private homes.
- Socialising in larger groups is against the law, with fines up to £6,400.
"If you're doing something that increases your contacts with other people then you are automatically increasing their risk and your risk,"
- Dr Chris Smith, a virologist at the University of Cambridge. [ 2 ]
With these restrictions in mind, there were signs of many of the "safer" activites this Halloween in Cambridge, including various pumpkin carvings done by members of the same households or socially-distanced walks around the neighbourhood to appreciate the atmosphere of the evening.
The solution for this year's Halloween in the time of covid-19 appeared to be houses placing baskets of packaged candies outside, free for the taking of any trick-or-treaters that evening.
Let's take a walk around Mill Road
A socially-distanced walk that is
audio credits: 1 woman departs (reprocessed) - © 2020 BBC
Pumpkins by Day
The local talent of Romsey
Snack bar - busy atmosphere, mainly women and children - 1982 - © 2020 BBC
So many households had carved pumpkins and put them outside. Wandering around to view them was a nice break from the smear of what is now day to day life in a global pandemic.
Mill Road Cemetery
Mill Road Cemetery was created and consecrated in 1848 to provide more burial space for the city centre parishes. It is now full. It is still consecrated and owned by the parishes, and maintained as a churchyard and open space by Cambridge City Council. It is an English Heritage Grade II listed site, with several listed monuments and war graves. There are public art installations by Gordon Young, on the theme of birds and birdsong. It is always open.
- Quote from http://millroadcemetery.org.uk/
Another spooky activity that is relatively "covid-safe" is taking a walk around Mill Road Cemetery with family or friends. You can come to enjoy the green space, discover some interesting monuments including wargraves from WWI, or view the art installations.
Doors of Mill Road
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here
Knocking with doors opening and closing. (Specially created effect) - © 2020 BBC
The doors looks enticing with hints to candy left outside. A relatively calm night endurs as the trick-or-treaters treat in silence.
Pumpkins by Night
A spooky evening
Thank-you everyone for Halloween 2020
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