We're heading into our second pandemic Halloween, but thanks to vaccines, social distancing, and other safety precautions, the 2021 installment comes with a lot less uncertainty than last year.
Last year, officials recommended people living in "hot spot" neighbourhoods with high concentrations of COVID-19 cases and spread avoid trick-or-treating altogether.
That's not looking to be the case this year, with Halloween festivities likely on the table in most parts of Canada.
And while things may look a little more like years past this Sunday, health experts say it's still important to take safety precautions. Specific guidelines vary by region, but here's a breakdown of the general rules
Stay home if you're feeling sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
You should also stay home if you are self-isolating or waiting to hear back on COVID-19 test results.
Travel in small groups, practice social distancing, and wear face masks (the kind that protects against spreading COVID-19, not the spooky ones.)
Children are being encouraged not to sing or shout for treats.
Parents should keep interactions with homeowners brief and refrain from entering other people's homes.
Bring hand sanitizer and use it often.
Upon returning home, officials say there is no need to sanitize treats.
FOR PEOPLE GIVING OUT CANDY
Do not participate in any Halloween festivities if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Do not invite people into your home.
Wash your hands frequently.
Consider wearing a face mask when greeting trick-or-treaters.
Only give out pre-packaged, store-bought treats.
Maintain social distancing whenever possible.
Encourage guests to move along quickly.
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