Outdoor trick-or-treating can be safe with precautions: Dr. Tam

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It looks like Canada's top doctor is giving trick-or-treating this Halloween the green light, if children take some precautions.

Canada's chief public health Dr. Theresa Tam says outdoor trick-or-treating can be safe when people respect physical distancing, wear masks, use hand-sanitizer and ensure treats are prepackaged.

She does however say that parents should listen to local public health authorities for advice on their particular communities.

Tam notes a cloth mask can even be incorporated into some costumes, and people can use hockey sticks to hand out treats. 

Health officials also plan to put safety tips on a federal website before Oct. 31.

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