As the first leaves of autumn fall from the trees, the heavy scent of pumpkin guts linger around the grounds of St. Luke Church. The weekend before Halloween marks the time of year when families belonging to St. Luke come together to carve pumpkins as a community. Only this year, the church faced the troubles of maintaining COVID-19 safety regulations.
Deb Toner, the head of the church’s youth group, as well as Emma Coleman ’21, the youth group president, have spent much of their time planning and preparing for the challenges of bringing people together during a pandemic.
“We did online sign-ups, we gave individual families their own tables and we made people wear their masks,” Toner said. “We [had] Purell, and the sign-in station for contact tracing, and then we had disposable goods.”
Many people agree with Sullivan and feel safe with simply wearing a mask and remaining socially distanced.
However, with the increase of covid cases, others fear that events like these are not safe. Because of this, Coleman and Toner had trouble encouraging people to come to the event.