Halloween Public Health Advice for Toronto, Ottawa, Peel and York Region

Published on October 19, 2020

The Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a statement detailing public health advice for Halloween this year. It is important that we remind everyone to take extra precautions to ensure they are keeping themselves and their families safe.

Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended and people should consider alternative ways to celebrate.

This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities and parties;
  • Organizing a Halloween candy hunt with people living in their own household;
  • Carving pumpkins;
  • Having a movie night or sharing scary stories; and
  • Decorating front lawns.

It is recommended that people check with their local municipality or public health unit for any additional advice or restrictions that may be in place. It is also critical that families not travel outside of their neighbourhood to celebrate Halloween.

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