Despite COVID-19 case surge, trick-or-treating gets thumbs up

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Although the active COVID-19 case count is at a record high across Alberta, the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health says trick-or-treating with safety in mind can still happen.

“Trick-or-treating, I believe, is a low-risk activity… all other activities that might happen indoors, I’d recommend those not happen,” says Dr. Deena Hinshaw. “But, there are ways to make trick or treating safe, and I still believe we can still go ahead with Halloween. Keep your celebrations with just your household and cohorts, no more; let’s keep it small and keep it safe.”

Dr. Hinshaw suggests there are a few simple ways Albertans can make it as safe as possible while still enjoying the spookiness of the evening. She suggests children wear a non-medical mask, either under their Halloween mask or as part of their costume. Hinshaw adds social distancing from others, and yelling out “trick-or-treat” from the sidewalk rather than ringing the doorbell or knocking on a door could also make things a little safer.

However, for those looking to take the Halloween spirit inside, the province’s top doctor says Halloween is for bringing home treats, not viruses.

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“This is not the year to have a large costume party with many people gathered indoors eating and drinking together. That would be a very opportune place for COVID-19 to spread.”

For those handing out candy, Dr. Hinshaw suggests tongs to safely help hand out treats.

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