CHICO, Calif. - Halloween weekend is about to begin and students at Chico State are getting ready to celebrate, but with coronavirus still very much present, how are university police going to handle the weekend?
Halloween weekend in downtown Chico is a tradition for the young adult crowd.
It'll also be impacted by the pandemic.
We spoke to some students in Chico about how they plan to celebrate and how police will be looking out for big gatherings.
So, what is in the works?
Sophia Benveniste, a freshman at Chico State, said, "I'm going to be hanging out with my friends...maybe going to some parties."
With coronavirus still spreading, handling parties could be a tough task.
Benveniste realized this and added, "I think there is probably going to be more cops this year, just roaming around, trying to keep people safe becasue of the extra precautions of COVID."
And, she's right.
Matt Dillon, the chief of University Police, said, "The dynamics are different and how is that going to manifest itself? I think there is a lot of unknown so we are adding additional officers. We already did last night and through the weekend for possible additional calls so we can handle those the best we can."
Dillon also hopes students keep in mind the impact they could have on the health of the Chico community, adding, "Well obviously students want to have fun, they want to have a good time...but they need to be responsible not only for themselves but with a broader aspect to their impact on the community."
Dillon is advising students to keep their distance and wear their masks, especially this weekend.
He mentioned that if an organization, such as a sorority or fraternity, host large events, it will face sanctions from the university.