Halloween and COVID-19: Safety Tips
Wondering how to have a safe and happy Halloween during the pandemic? The Province of Alberta has prepared some COVID-19 tips and tricks to help you enjoy your favourite Halloween activities!
- Don't go trick-or-treating if feeling ill, even if symptoms are minor
- Choose costumes that allow a non-medical mask to be worn underneath - make sure you can see and breathe comfortably
- Minimize contact with others: trick-or-treat with your family or cohort, remain within your community, and stay 2 metres apart
- Avoid touching doorbells or railings: call "trick or treat" from 2 metres away, knock instead of using doorbells, use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces
- Wash hands and disinfect packages before eating candy
Handing out candy
- Don't hand out candy if feeling ill or isolating
- Wear a non-medical mask that fully covers your nose and mouth
- Ask trick-or-treaters to knock or call out instead of ringing the doorbell
- Use tongs to hand out pre-packaged candy to avoid handling treats
- Find creative ways to maintain distance from trick-or-treaters:
- Hand out treats from your driveway or front lawn if weather permits
- Set up a table or desk to help keep yourself distanced
- Make candy bags and space them out on a table or blanket - don't leave out self-serve bowls of bulk candy
- Build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, non-touch delivery methods
- Remind your guests to stay home if feeling ill, even if symptoms are mild
- Spend time with people you know - the smaller the group the better
- Choose games and activities that don't use shared items and allows people to stay 2 metres apart
- Don't share drinks, food, cigarettes, vapes or cannabis
- Host your party outdoors, if weather permits.
- If you must stay indoors:
- reduce your gathering size
- choose a location that allows for physical distancing between people from separate families and cohorts
- provide hand sanitizer
- Wash or sanitize your hands often
Are you open for boo-ness this Halloween?
Here are some posters you can print off and post to let trick-or-treaters know if you’re open for boo-ness!
For more information visit: https://www.alberta.ca/halloween-during-covid19.aspx