Need to Know: Halloween, Covid Exposures, & New Bike Lane!
With Halloween just over a month away, the Province has released a series of COVID-19 guidelines for trick-or-treaters, as well as haunted house and pumpkin patch operators to follow.
For trick-or-treating, people handing out candy should consider using tools such as tongs to distribute it at a distance.
That's just one of 13 restrictions on neighbourhood trick-or-treating.
Other guidelines include:
- Two metres distance must be maintained between individuals who are not in the same household/extended household at all times.
- No direct physical contact should occur between trick-or-treaters and people distributing Halloween treats.
- Trick-or-treaters must maintain distance between other groups when approaching homes. For houses or neighbourhoods anticipating a high volume of trick-or-treaters, people distributing candy are encouraged to place tape markers every two metres between doorways and sidewalks/driveways to promote physical distancing.
- Due to the number of people potentially touching the treats prior to being handed out, consider cleaning candy wrappers with disinfectant wipes or holding the treats for 72 hours before consuming.
- Only wrapped, store-bought treats should be distributed.
- Common touch areas should be frequently cleaned and disinfected while distributing candy.
- Trick-or-treaters should practise frequent hand hygiene by carrying portable hand sanitizer.
- People distributing candy should practise frequent hand hygiene while handing out Halloween treats.
- Trick-or-treaters should consider incorporating masks into their costumes, while ensuring their eyes are not covered for safety reasons.
- Individuals handing out candy should consider wearing masks where two metres of physical distance cannot be maintained.
- Where possible, only one household member should hand out candy.
The City of Regina has installed a protected, bidirectional bike lane on Park Street from 18th Avenue East to Douglas Avenue.
The bike lane is the first of its kind in the city and features vehicle traffic on the left hand side with parking and bus stops in the middle and the bike lane on the right side.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority is notifying the public they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 if they visited two Regina businesses in mid September.
The SHA said someone attended these businesses during these times when they were likely infectious:
- Sept. 17 and 18 – Western Pizza, 2820 Avonhurst Drive, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sept. 21 – Golden Mile Superstore, #15D -3806 Albert Street, from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Public Health officials are advising individuals who were at these locations on the specified dates and times to self-monitor for 14 days.