DERBY — Mayor Richard Dziekan, who has been fighting off COVID-19, said he strongly recommends parents don’t allow their children to go door-to-door trick-or-treating or participate in any neighbor events.

“I can tell you from my own experience that this virus is no joke,” said Dziekan, who tested positive Monday. “It is very contagious and the last thing I want to see is a widespread outbreak. We just need to ride it out.”

He pointed out that this week there have been at least two students who tested positive — one at the Derby Middle School and one at Irving Elementary School — as well as a member of his mayoral staff.

“Everyone needs to stay safe and abide by the CDC guidelines.,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door is a high-risk activity that could spread COVID-19 in communities. They have recommended other low-risk ways to celebrate the holiday.

Dziekan also suggested Halloween revelers stay away from large gatherings and restaurants avoid any type of Halloween promotions that will result in large gatherings.

“My desire is everyone stay safe and stay healthy,” said Dziekan, who on Thursday said he was feeling better and hadn’t had a fever in two days. “There may not be trick-or-treating this year but there is always next year.”