Self-serve candy bowls not recommended

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Halloween doesn’t have to look any different in Ridgetown this year, but trick-or-treaters must take precautions.

In order to enjoy the holiday festivities safely, the Chatham-Kent public health unit has issued several Halloween guidelines for everyone collecting and handing out candy.

“We need to be realistic and allow some normality while still following Public Health guidance this Halloween,” said Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health. “COVID-19 does not hide or go away on holidays, and we as a community, must remain vigilant.”

Trick-or-treaters are urged to go out only with people in their household, limit the number of houses they visit and stay in their neighbourhood to avoid a large potential COVID-19 exposure.

Please consider the following recommendations before celebrating Halloween this year:

DO

• Trick-or-treat outside with your household in your community only

• Trick-or-treat at a distance

• Wear a face covering

• Practise proper hand hygiene

• Use non-touch methods for handing out treats

• Check treats before eating

• Avoid private parties and gatherings

DO NOT

• Do not trick-or-treat or hand out treats if you are unwell

• Do not trick-or-treat with large groups

• Do not have candy in self-serve candy bowls

• Do not forget your mask - whether you are trick-or-treating or handing out candy wear a mask!

• Do not have a Halloween party with more than 10 people in your home

Trick-or-treaters are urged to go out only with people in their household, limit the number of houses they visit and stay in their neighbourhood to avoid a large potential COVID-19 exposure.

They should continue to physically distance by staying two metres away from everyone they meet outside their household.

Everyone trick-or-treating or handing out candy should wear a mask. Costume masks don’t count because they’re not designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 and may also hamper a person’s ability to see or breathe.

Trick-or-treaters should carry hand sanitizer and also wash their hands before leaving home and after returning. People giving out treats should wash their hands often.

Treats can be given using non-touch methods, such as slides, catapults, candy bags or tongs. Self-serve candy bowls are not recommended.

People who don’t feel well shouldn’t trick-or-treat or hand out candy.

Parties and gatherings are discouraged because they can cause widespread exposure to COVID-19. The maximum size for private parties is still 10 people indoors or 25 outdoors.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News