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Kalamazoo Residents Encouraged to Follow Public Health Guidelines to Stay Safe this Halloween

To protect our community’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kalamazoo residents and families that plan to celebrate Halloween should follow the public health guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and other public health agencies.

The City of Kalamazoo does not specify a date, times, or location for trick-or-treating in the City of Kalamazoo and leaves that decision with individual residents and families. Kzoo Parks, the City of Kalamazoo’s Parks & Recreation Department, hosts a family Halloween event each year that is free and open to all community members. Due to the health precautions in place this year, the event is currently full however interested community members can join a waitlist at www.kzooparks.org/Halloween.

Residents and families can still celebrate safely:

For Homeowners:

  • Do not hand out candy if you are sick.
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose.
  • Use duct tape to mark 6-foot lines in front of your home and leading to driveway/front door.
  • Position a distribution table between yourself and trick or treaters.
  • Distribute candy on disinfected table to eliminate direct contact.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Consider handing out candy in an open space where distancing is possible, rather than from the front door.
  • Consider a neighborhood costume parade, it is an easy way to keep safe space between children.

For Parents and Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Share with your children that this year may be different than last but let them know some of the new ways you plan to celebrate and still have lots of fun.
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Talk with your children about safety and social distancing guidelines and expectations. Keep a 6-foot distance from others not in your family group.
  • Trick or treat with the people you live with.
  • Participate in one-way trick or treating and guide children to stay to the right to ensure social distancing.
  • Avoid congregating in groups around houses.
  • Carry a flashlight at night and ensure your children have reflective clothing.
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose
  • A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask if wearing both causes difficulty breathing. Instead, consider using a Halloween themed cloth mask.
  • Only go to houses with safety measures in place.
  • Inspect candy.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol, especially before eating or after coughing/sneezing, and as soon as you return home.
  • Check out halloween2020.org to find exciting activities and ways to celebrate Halloween this year based on levels of COVID risks in your area.

For safe Halloween gatherings:

Consider refraining from Halloween gatherings this year or use an online meeting platform to have a virtual party instead. If you choose to have a gathering:

  • Only have a few people over to limit the possibility of crowding. Indoor gatherings over 10 people at a residence are prohibited by MDHHS Order.
  • Have all food and party favors set out individually to prevent cross contamination. (Avoid buffet style or shared food and drinks.)
  • Make sure there are plenty of areas with hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others. Wear a fun face mask, instead of a costume mask.

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Fall Leaf Collection Begins Monday, November 2

Public Services staff are preparing for the fall leaf collection program that will begin on Monday, November 2 and run through December 11.

We are asking that residents do not place leaves out before the scheduled collection and do not place leaves directly in the roadway as this creates a hazard for the traveling public.  Residents should also avoid placing leaves near mailboxes, utility poles, landscaped areas, over or directly adjacent to storm sewer drains. 

Each household is scheduled to have two leaf pickups- one toward the beginning and one toward the end of the program. Residents can place any volume of leaves, sticks smaller than 3” diameter, grass clippings or other organic debris as part of this program. Residents are asked to push the material to the curb lawn where it will be collected by City crews. 

Leaves must be placed out by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of the week designated for your area. 

This program is dependent on the weather as snow and ice can make it difficult or impossible to collect leaves. The program is scheduled to allow time for two collections before consistent winter weather arrives, but early winter weather can cause program delays and in some cases prevent a second pickup from occuring in all areas. If this happens residents can bag and store leaves for the Spring Clean Up in April 2021.

The schedule for fall leaf collection is available below or as a pdf PDF (1.05 MB) . Click on an area in the map below to see dates or search by street name.

ELECTRONIC MEETING NOTICE - Environmental Concerns Committee - October 21, 2020

The Environmental Concerns Committee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

This meeting will be conducted electronically in order for members, staff, and the public to comply with the Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 – Gathering Prohibition and Mask Order issued by Robert Gordon, Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, on October 5, 2020.

Accessing the Meeting

The meeting can be accessed using the following methods:

Online using a web browser:  https://zoom.us/j/98078715595

  • Go to the web address
  • If prompted for a Meeting ID, enter 980  7871  5595

Telephone:  269.552.6425

  • Call the phone number.
  • When prompted, enter the Meeting ID 980  7871  5595 followed by #
  • Press # again to be connected

Note: participants will be muted when they enter the meeting. Video, chat, and screen sharing features will be disabled.

Public Input and Participating in the Meeting

Persons who wish to contact members of the Environmental Concerns Committee to provide input or ask questions about items on the meeting agenda may do so during the meeting at designated times for public comments. To address the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, meeting participants will need to “raise their hand” to indicate they want to speak.

To raise your hand while participating online, click the “Raise Hand” icon at the bottom of the Zoom Screen

To raise your hand while participating via phone, press *9

After you raise your hand you will be informed when it is your turn to speak, and your microphone will be unmuted at that time. Your microphone will be muted again when you have finished your comments or when your speaking time has expired.

Instructions for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to effectively participate in this meeting should contact Malissa Drzick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting to request assistance.

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