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Tips for a COVID-safe Halloween from the B.C. CDC

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October 27, 2020 - 6:00 AM

With Halloween just around the corner, the B.C. Centre for Disease control has some advice for ghosts and goblins celebrating this year.

Although this years' celebrations are going to look a little different, Dr. Eleni Galanis said the holiday can still be safe and fun— as long as everyone is using their COVID-sense.

Trick-or-treating

Some safety tips never change. The Centre for Disease Control is reminding trick-or-treaters to wear bright, reflective costumes and to check your candy haul for unsealed or broken wrappers. New for this year, kids and adults are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and frequently wash their hands, especially before and after leaving the house for the night. Be patient and don't crowd the doorways, leaving space between you and other trick-or-treating groups. Costumes with masks are encouraged.

Handing out candy

When it comes to dishing out treats while socially distancing, the creative possibilities are endless. You can use tongs to hand out candy to each person, hold out a long handled net with candy inside, or even make a candy slide.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Experts recommend skipping the shared bowl and giving out sealed, pre-packed portions of treats instead. If you can't stand outside and hand out treats, make sure you sanitize your doorbells and handrails between trick-or-treating groups. Smoke machines are not recommended as they may induce coughing. 

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Gatherings

It goes without saying that large Halloween parties are a no-go this year, but if you're heading to a small gathering, the Centre for Disease Control has a couple tips. Make sure you don't share food, drinks or smokes, tokes or vapes. Groups should be no larger than six people, and gathering spaces are safer when well-ventilated, or outside as much as possible. Check in with guests ahead of time to make sure they're not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

For more information on safe gatherings, click here.


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