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Halloween & COVID-19

October 28, 2021

With many restrictions being slowly lifted, you may be thinking of participating in Halloween by giving out treats or taking your kids around trick-or-treating. Here are some safety tips to help enjoy the evening.

If you trick-or-treat door-to-door:

  • stay home and do not give out treats if you have symptoms, even if they are mild,
  • trick-or-treat outdoors as much as possible and keep interactions brief at the doors and between houses,
  • be creative and build the face covering into your costume. Remember that a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering. A costume mask should not be worn over a non-medical mask or face covering because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.
  • do not crowd doorsteps – take turns one at a time,
  • do not sing or shout for your treats,
  • use hand sanitizer often, especially before and after handling your face covering, after touching frequently touched surfaces, when you arrive home from trick-or-treating, and before and after handling or eating treats,
  • there is no need to clean or disinfect pre-packaged treats.

If trick-or-treating indoors, maintain physical distancing as much as possible and wear a face covering, especially when physical distancing is a challenge and keep your visits short.

Gatherings, especially indoors and without masks, increase the risk of spreading COVID-19. So within what’s permitted by the province, it’s up to every individual to decide what their risk tolerance is. Be smart about it. The ideal situation for safety is not gathering. But if you’re going to gather, there are smarter ways to do it: don’t go if you’re sick; keep the group small (max 25 permitted indoors); wear a well fitted mask; and it’s much safer if everyone’s vaccinated. Check out this tool on our website to help you with decisions about visits.

For more tips around safely participating in Halloween or other social gathering and events, visit the Social Gatherings and Holidays section of our website.


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