Premier Doug Ford and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams were the bearers of bad news when they strongly recommended against going out trick-or-treating in the hotspots that recently moved to the modified Stage 2.
“As Ontarians begin to prepare for Halloween this year, I’d like to remind everyone to take extra precautions to ensure you are keeping yourself and your families safe,” said Williams.
Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Toronto, York Region, Peel and Ottawa, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended and people should consider alternative ways to celebrate at home. This can include, but is not limited to: encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities and parties; carving pumpkins; having a movie night or sharing scary stories; and decorating front lawns. The sweetness of getting a bag of candy on Halloween during the pandemic doesn’t need to be lost totally. Parents of children living in COVID-19 hotspots could buy a bag of candy for their young ones and have a candy hunt similar to ones held during Easter. The kids will be able to stay warm and have fun searching for the hidden goodies.