Limit Halloween contacts as much as possible: Renfrew County District Health Unit

Children trick-or-treating on Halloween. (Shutterstock)

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit is asking residents to celebrate Halloween virtually as much as possible this year. 

The Health Unit released some guidance on Thursday ahead of Halloween and asked residents to only be in contact with those in their household and to cancel any traditional parties. 

"Gatherings, regardless of the size, put people at higher risk of getting COVID-19," the health unit said in a statement. 

"Instead, RCDHU is encouraging Halloween parties or events to be hosted virtually, where residents can participate safely from home." 

The health unit also recommends against traditional trick-or-treating this year but for those who do, they're asked to only go out with those in their own home and to wear a mask. A costume mask is not a substitute, according the health unit, and costumes should allow for one to be warn. 

Residents are also asked to only trick-or-treat outside and not in apartment buildings, adding hand sanitizer should be a staple for everyone on their travels. 

Those handing out treats are asked to take extra precautions and avoid self-serve bowls, instead, residents are asked to space out treats on a table or blanket. 

Those with COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating are asked not to go trick-or-treating at all. 

"Stay at home and turn off your porch light to discourage trick-or-treaters from coming to the door."