Parties and other large events are strongly discouraged.
Mr. de Blasio has said that unsafe gatherings — where people are not wearing face masks or social distancing — will be broken up if officials become aware of them. Precautions are particularly important, he said, in light of the city’s positive virus test rate hitting 1.92 percent on Thursday, the highest seven-day average in months.
Still, a number of parties and celebrations for young adults at “secret locations” across the city have been advertised for the weekend.
Haunted houses are open but may pose a risk.
In New York State, haunted houses are observing wide-ranging safety protocols, like temperature checks and reduced capacity.
Take Blood Manor, the 10,000-square-foot attraction in Manhattan: Entrance is limited to 100 guests per hour. In a normal year, as many as 2,500 guests might come through its doors on a busy Saturday.
But the potential for crowding and poor sanitation in indoor spaces has some health experts concerned. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has broadly categorized attending indoor haunted houses as a “higher risk” activity.
But some celebrations will go on.
Costume shops in Manhattan and Queens were filled with energized crowds in the days leading up to the holiday. Some families were planning to celebrate at home, dressing up and taking part in Halloween-themed activities like carving pumpkins. Others said they would attend outdoor horror movie nights.
For trick-or-treating, several households have crafted makeshift chutes to distribute candy. Many are assembling individual to-go bags of sweets to avoid contact with strangers.
What we’re watching: Joseph Goldstein, who covers health care in New York for The Times, discusses the backlash in Orthodox Jewish communities over virus rules on “The New York Times Close Up With Sam Roberts.” The show airs on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. [CUNY TV]
Although many performance spaces and community centers are closed, people are finding creative ways to connect through virtual events and programs. Here are suggestions for maintaining a New York social life this weekend while keeping a safe distance from other people.
On Friday at 1 p.m., start the Halloween weekend by participating in an open reading hour. Attendees will choose their favorite Edgar Allan Poe poem and read it online over video or the phone.
Be in costume on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for a family-friendly celebration. Participants will be treated to different performances — from musicians, puppeteers and magicians — and a children’s food festival with a cooking class.
On Sunday at 11 a.m., as part of the Celebrate Mexico Now arts festival, watch “68 Voices, 68 Hearts,” an animated series of short films about Indigenous stories narrated in their native languages. Afterward, listen to a Q. and A. with the filmmaker, Gabriela Badillo.
R.S.V.P. for the free livestream on the event page.
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