This Halloween, celebrate safely by following guidelines from the BC Centre for Disease Control.
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Celebrate Halloween safely this year
Published 2:03 PDT, Thu October 15, 2020
Halloween will look a little different for kids and adults celebrating this year. But smaller and more local celebrations can still be a safe choice if precautions are taken.
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) recommends trick-or-treating in small groups only. Trick-or-treaters should stay in their local neighbourhood, and avoid going to busy areas or indoors (in places like malls) since there may not be enough space to physically distance.
Kids should wash their hands before leaving home, when they get back home, and before eating any treats. Bring hand sanitizer if eating treats on the go.
If you’re planning to hand out treats to trick-or-treaters, the BCCDC suggests getting creative—use tongs, a baking sheet, or a “candy slide” to maintain more distance while handing out candy. Plan to hand out individual treats rather than offering a shared bowl, and only hand out sealed and pre-packaged treats. And the BCCDC says people handing out treats should wear a non-medical mask covering their nose and mouth and stand outside their door if possible, to avoid kids needing to touch the door or doorbell. If this isn’t possible, clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (doorbells, doorknobs, handrails) often throughout the night. The BCCDC says people can also consider handing out treats from the bottom of your stairs or curb-side, making trick-or-treating more accessible.
Everyone should also skip Halloween parties this year, since indoor gatherings put people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19. But if you do host or attend a small party, keep it within your social group of six people maximum, says the BCCDC. Be more outside than inside, and keep your space well-ventilated. Avoid props that can cause coughing, like smoke machines.
The BCCDC also recommends that people who are sick or self-isolating should turn off their porch light and stay at home.
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