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Trick or treat: Guidelines for a safe COVID Halloween
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Halloween will look a bit different this year, but it doesn't mean people can't still celebrate safely, the provincial government says.

And NOTL Lord Mayor Betty Disero says people trick-or-treating should do so safely.

"The region and all the other municipalities in the region are saying, 'Go ahead, but go ahead in a safe manner.' " Disero said. "And so we're going to direct residents to the regional website, which provides information on how to trick or treat in a safe way."

The province has issued the following recommendations for trick-or-treaters in areas of Stage 2 recovery, such as Niagara.

  • 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 and should not be worn over a face covering because it may make it difficult to breathe.
  • Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps and remember to line up two metres apart if you are waiting.
  • Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects, such as railings and doorbells.
  • Whether you are collecting or handing out treats, wash your hands often and thoroughly, or use hand sanitizer.

For people handing out treats, the province says not to leave them in a bucket or bowl for children to grab and to consider using tongs or other similar tools to shell out.

The province encourages people to follow public health advice and measures from public health experts, and make good decisions based on your own unique situation.

For other Halloween events, the province recommends the following:

  • 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.
  • Turn off your porch light and don’t hand out treats if you are sick, even with mild symptoms, or self-isolating.
  • Stay within your public health unit region.