Today, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, issued the following statement detailing public health advice for Halloween this year:
"As Ontarians begin to prepare for Halloween this year, I'd like to remind everyone to take extra precautions to ensure you are keeping yourself and your families safe.”
To have a safe and fa-BOO-lous Halloween, Ontarians should follow some simple steps:
For Trick or Treating:
- Only go out with members of your household;
- Do not travel outside of your neighbourhood to celebrate Halloween;
- 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.
- 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
Here are some ideas for families looking for alternative ways to celebrate:
- Encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities and parties;
- Organizing a Halloween candy hunt with people living in their own household;
- Carving pumpkins;
- Having a movie night or sharing scary stories; and
- Decorating front lawns.
The Ontario government would also like to remind everyone that we are in a second wave of COVID-19. There have been increases in cases in many areas across the province, and the percentage of people tested who get a positive result is going up. It’s important to continue following protocol every day in order to protect your health and stop the spread of COVID-19.
If there are any updates or new information available regarding Halloween from Niagara Region or the Ontario government, the City of Port Colborne will communicate appropriately.
Please stay healthy and safe as you #Porticipate this Halloween.
For more information and COVID-19 updates, please visit: http://portcolborne.ca/page/covid-19