The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a statement today (Oct 19/20) detailing public health advice for Halloween this year. It is important that we remind everyone to take extra precautions to ensure they are keeping themselves and their families safe.
Halloween Guidance for all Ontarians
To have a safe and happy Halloween, Ontarians should follow some simple steps:
- Avoid gatherings with people outside of your household;
- Stay home if you are feeling ill, even if you have mild symptoms, or if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19;
- If you live outside the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions and are going to go out to trick or treat:
- Only go out with members of your household;
- Only trick or treat outside;
- Both trick or treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering. A costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering and should not be worn over a face covering as it may make it difficult to breathe;
- Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps and remember to line up two metres apart if waiting. Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects;
- Whether collecting or handing out treats, wash your hands often and thoroughly, or use hand sanitizer; and
- Do not leave treats in a bucket or bowl for children to grab and consider using tongs or other similar tools to hand out treats.
It is recommended that people check with their local municipality or public health unit for any additional advice or restrictions that may be in place. It is also critical that families not travel outside of their neighbourhood to celebrate Halloween.
Consider printing one of these posters as a tool to help let your neighbours know whether you are handing out treats.
“Welcome trick-or-treaters” poster - Stage 3 Regions
“See you next year” poster - Modified Stage 2 (Ottawa, Peel, Toronto or York Region)