Canadians divided over whether to let pandemic disrupt Halloween, holidays: Poll

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Canadians are divided about whether to let the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt their plans for upcoming holidays and seasonal events, a new poll suggests.
     
The poll, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, comes as COVID-19 cases are surging and public health authorities are pleading with Canadians in places with rising case counts to avoid contact with anyone outside their immediate families or at least to stick to small social circles.
     
The results suggest that message is only partially getting through.
     
Respondents with children who went door to door for Halloween last year were closely divided on whether to let them go trick-or-treating again this year, with 52 per cent saying they won't and 48 per cent saying they will.
     
The poll found sharp regional variations, however. About two-thirds of respondents in Atlantic Canada, which has been relatively untouched by COVID-19's resurgence, said they will let their kids go out. In harder-hit Ontario and Quebec, two-thirds said they won't.
     
Those kids who do go trick-or-treating will find slimmer pickings, with 49 per cent of respondents nationwide saying they won't open their doors this year to hand out candy.