Trick or Treat tips for a COVID Hallowe’en in Pickering, Ajax and Durham Region
Published October 29, 2021 at 3:43 pm
Durham Region’s Health Department has a few tips if you or your children choose to participate in Hallowe’en this year.
If you choose to trick-or-treat door-to-door:
- Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild.
- Trick-or-treat outdoors as much as possible.
- If trick-or-treating indoors maintain physical distancing as much as possible and wear a face covering, especially when physical distancing is a challenge.
- Be creative and build the face covering into your costume; however, a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering, and a costume mask should not be worn over a non-medical mask or face covering
- Do not crowd doorsteps – take turns one at a time.
- Do not sing or shout for your treats.
- Keep interactions brief with those giving out treats.
- Use hand sanitizer often, especially before and after handling your face covering, after touching frequently touched surfaces, when you arrive home from trick-or-treating, and before and after handling or eating treats.
- There is no need to clean or disinfect pre-packaged treats.
If you choose to give out treats:
- Do not participate in Hallowe’en festivities if you have symptoms, even if they are mild.
- Keep interactions with trick-or-treaters short and encourage them to move along after receiving their treat from you.
- Consider wearing a face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- If you are dressing up, consider including the face covering as part of your costume.
- Give out only purchased and packaged treats.
- Do not ask trick-or-treaters to sing or shout for their treats.
- Clean your hands often throughout the evening using soap and water or with hand sanitizer.