BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) - While Los Angeles County health officials are strongly recommending against trick-or-treating tonight, Beverly Hills is going a step further, warning that anyone caught going door-to-door or car-to-car to collect treats could be cited.
The Beverly Hills City Council approved an emergency ordinance barring the practice earlier this month. It prohibits residents from providing candy or other Halloween treats or toys to any person from another household on Oct. 31. It also outlaws spraying shaving cream on others, except within a resident's home or by licensed barbers on their customers.
"While I know this is disappointing news, especially to our children, we believe this is the responsible approach to protect the health of the community," Mayor Lester Friedman said in a statement at the time.
Violators of the restrictions will be subject to citation.
City officials developed a series of virtual Halloween activities on the city's website, including pre-recorded videos, story-reading by city librarians, Halloween projects and trivia, video tours of Halloween attractions around the world and an E-sports tournament for teens. Details are available at beverlyhills.org.
The following streets will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic, other than to residents who live on them, between 6-10 p.m. Halloween night:
- Carmelita Avenue at Wilshire Boulevard;
- Walden Drive southbound at Elevado Avenue;
- Walden Drive at Santa Monica Boulevard;
- Carmelita Avenue westbound at North Linden Drive
- the alley between North Linden Drive and Walden Drive from Santa Monica Boulevard to Elevado Avenue.
As is customary on Halloween, parking restrictions will be in effect in the northeast portion of the city at the border with West Hollywood.