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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!

Trick-or-treating

  • 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

Halloween parties

  • 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

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