Public Health guidance for Trick-or-Treating and Halloween gatherings

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Public Health has issued specific advice surrounding Halloween as it approaches amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Halloween celebrations, Public Health recommends celebrating with your consistent group of ten, which is also the limit for a home-based event.

With physical distancing and adhering to mask wearing requirements, gathering limits are 50 for a community event, 200 for an indoor event at a recognized business and 250 for a similar outdoor event.

Officials say a Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a non-medical mask.

For those going trick-or-treating, it is advised to only go with people you live with or those from your close social group, to a maximum of a group of ten.

Physical distancing should be practiced between groups in the street and singing or shouting for candy should be avoided.

Hands should be cleaned often with hand sanitizer while out and washed thoroughly when back home.

Public Health says there is no need to clean, disinfect or quarantine treat, and those who wish to distribute treats should position yourself so other do not have to touch doors or doorbells.

One person should distribute treats using tongs and should wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.