Safety guidelines for Halloween celebrations announced

Oct 6, 2020

The BC Centre for Disease Control has announced safety guidelines for Halloween celebrations this year. Trick-or-treating and small get-togethers are still options, but it’s important to take the appropriate precautions. 

Recommendations for trick-or-treaters

  • trick-or-treat in small groups and avoid busy areas 
  • stay in your local neighbourhood 
  • try including a non-medial mask or face covering that covers your nose and mouth as part of your costume 
  • respect homes by staying away if the lights are out 
  • wash or sanitize your hands often. Wash your hands before you go out, when you get home, and before eating treats

Tips for handing out treats

  • hand out individual treats, instead of from a bowl
  • get creative to allow for physical distance—use tongs, a baking sheet, or make a candy slide to hand out treats 
  • stand outside if you can. If you can’t, clean and disinfect doorbells, knobs, handrails, and any other high-touch surface often
  • wash or sanitize your hands often

Skip Halloween parties 

  • leave the parties behind. Indoor gatherings, big or small, put people at higher risk of getting COVID-19
  • celebrate with a Halloween movie or other tradition that you can do with your household or small social group (stick to six people) 
  • if you host or attend a small get-together, keep it within your social group 
  • don’t pass around snacks, drinks, smokes, tokes, and vapes
  • be outside more often than inside. Keep your space well-ventilated with windows open

More information

BC Centre for Disease Control | Halloween

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