HAMILTON, ON – The City of Hamilton is encouraging residents to stay home and celebrate Halloween in different ways this year. Avoid attending parties/gatherings with others who live outside your household to limit the spread of COVID-19.
If you are handing out candy this year, follow Public Health measures to stay safe:
- Wear a non-medical mask that fully covers your nose, mouth and chin.
- Set up a trick or treating station outside, using a table to place treats on to maintain distancing.
- Portion treats out ahead of time to prevent contact & use tongs to hand out. Do not leave out self-serve bowls of bulk candy.
- If you hand out treats indoors, place a sign on your door asking trick-or-treaters to knock instead of ringing the doorbell.
- Wash or sanitize hands frequently.
- Stay 2 metres away from trick-or-treaters.
- Build a candy slide, candy catapult or other fun, non-touch delivery methods.
If you are trick-or-treating this year, follow Public Health measures to stay safe:
- Minimize contact with others: trick-or-treat only with those who you live with and stay two metres apart from all others.
- Only trick-or-treat outside.
- Wash hands before eating candy.
- Choose a costume that allows a non-medical mask to be worn underneath and that allows you to easily wash your hands.
- Wash your hands before and after trick or treating and bring hand sanitizer with you.
- Avoid touching doorbells or railings, knock instead of using doorbells, use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces.
- Line up 2 metres apart if waiting for treats.
- Outline a plan with older children who are trick-or-treating on their own, including how to avoid situations such as crowded door steps or joining with other groups and talking about the number of homes they can visit.
- Remember the usual Halloween safety tips – dress for the weather, wear reflectors, watch for traffic, and check treats before eating
Thank you for doing your part this Halloween by celebrating safely. For more information, visit: www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/celebrations-during-covid-19