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B.C.'s top doctor working out a Halloween plan; details later this week

The Kelowna Corn Maze is an annual Halloween favourite.
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September 28, 2020 - 4:14 PM

With only a little more than a month until little ghouls hit the streets in search of a treat, questions about Halloween keep popping up.

“I have been receiving many many questions about Halloween and, yes, we have been working nationally on some guidance and it should be finished later this week,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said.

Those guidelines are being adapted for B.C., she said.

“Things that we're looking at are, we cannot have those big parties where lots of people are getting together whether it's a young people partying in costumes or whether it's the trick or treating,” she said. “So we have advice to people on how to do that in a safe way.”

Guidelines will likely include recommendations to stay outside in small groups, having pre-packaged treats ready so that children can trick-or-treat one at a time.

“We've also put in some guidance for people who are having a Halloween party,” she said, adding that those will again involve gathering in small numbers outdoors.

Ultimately, the aim is to get people together outdoors.

“One of the nice things, of course, with Halloween is that mask-wearing is often part of it,” Dr. Henry said, adding that would be encouraged.

B.C.'s COVID-19 case count went up by 267 over the weekend, and three more people have died from the disease.

The case count is now at 8,908 while the COVID-19 death toll is now at 233.

In the Interior Health region, the case count is now 531, up from 522. That's nine cases since the weekend, five of which were already accounted for with the Calvary church outbreak in Kelowna.

One person in Interior Health is hospitalized with COVID-19.

Dr. Henry has said now is the time to get the curve turned back down, and said this fall it's time to reduce social gatherings to nuclear family units.

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