ENTERPRISE, OR – (Information provided by the City of Enterprise) The City of Enterprise has received a lot of questions pertaining to events (more specifically Trunk or Treat) that have recently been cancelled. First, I want to say that I truly understand the frustration from the citizens regarding your child/children not being able to participate in events and activities that have been taking place in Enterprise for years. On October 1st the Oregon Health Authority released the following:
“This Halloween, the Oregon Health Authority is recommending that Oregonians avoid traditional door-to-door trick or treating and “Trunk or Treat” events because these are high risk activities for crowding among people outside your household. This recommendation aligns with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which also recommends families avoid traditional trick or treating.”
Frustrating, I know. But I think it is important to explain that regardless of whether or not the City or event organizers agree or disagree with the directives handed down by the state, our insurance company requires the City of Enterprise to follow the OHA/CDC guidelines. It is not an option for us!
Further, if you have an idea that would help bring “normalcy” to the citizens, we welcome hearing that idea. In no way are we trying to eliminate events or take away the activities that bring our community together. With that said, we do not want to backtrack on the little bit of progress we have made, such as seeing our children walk back through the school doors this fall.
Again, the frustrations are real and we understand how hard it is to see so much of what we know have to be postponed. But please understand that there is a reason (fair or unfair) that these decisions have to be made. Becoming frustrated with the event organizers is not going to help the situation. These are individuals who for many years have donated their personal time and energy to pull off the various events. They would not walk away from these events if they did not feel it was absolutely necessary or the only option they had. Supporting each other is most important, regardless of how frustrating the situation has become.