Trick-or-treating a go in Niagara, but not in hotspots

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Celebrating Halloween in a pandemic continues to dominate Ontario's daily COVID update.

Premier Doug Ford says while he is not cancelling Halloween, he is asking children in hotspots not to go door-to-door trick-or-treating.

Ford says the areas of Toronto, Peel, York and Ottawa are making up 90% of recent cases, and he can't risk groups gathering on the streets, at doors, and apartment buildings.

He is asking families in those areas to watch a movie, carve a pumpkin or do another activity with their household members.

Outside of those areas, officials recommend checking with your local municipality or public health unit for any additional advice or restrictions that may be in place.

Niagara's Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Mustafa Hirji tells CKTB if you decide to participate in trick-or-treating, you should be wearing a mask, stay within your household bubble, keep distance at the door, use lots of hand sanitizer and avoid having children put their hands into the same bowl.

He says parents can use tongs to hand out candy.

Hirji says it's great that trick-or-treating can go forward, but he's asking people not to host or attend Halloween parties with people outside your household.

Niagara reported 15 new cases of COVID today along with one death.