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Halloween Safety Tips
- Published: Thursday, 15 October 2020 10:11
Government is reminding Nova Scotians of current public health guidelines and providing specific advice around Halloween as the holiday approaches.
Tips for Halloween celebrations:
- adhere to the gathering limits and celebrate with family and friends from your consistent group of 10.
- if attending a community event, 50 people with physical distancing is the maximum both indoors and outdoors.
- if attending an event held by a recognized business, 50 per cent of the venue's capacity up to 200 people maximum is permitted indoors, or 250 outdoors.
- requirements for wearing masks in indoor public places need to be followed
- don't replace your non-medical mask with a Halloween costume mask.
- practice good hand washing, cough/sneeze etiquette and regular cleaning of common surfaces
- only serve food and drinks if physical distancing and good hand hygiene practices are being followed.
If you are planning on trick-or-treating, here are some important things to consider:
- do not go trick-or-treating if you are feeling unwell or are self-isolating
- only trick-or-treat with people you live with, or friends from your close social group, and no more than 10 people
- if you see other kids getting treats from a house or pass another group on the street, stay six feet away and wait until they leave before proceeding
- if a house does not have any lights on, Halloween decorations or has a sign saying they are not participating, skip the house and go on to the next house
- try to trick-or-treat in outdoor spaces.
- try not to ring doorbells; instead gently knock on the door
- do not take treats in situations where everyone has to reach into a single container
- bring hand sanitizer with you and clean your hands often, especially if you are putting on and taking off a mask or face covering and touching high-touch surfaces
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- wash your hands before and after handling and eating your treats. There is no need to clean, disinfect or quarantine treats
Advice for households giving out treats:
- do not participate in any Halloween activities, including handing out store bought pre-packaged treats if you are feeling unwell or self-isolating
- if you are not participating in trick-or-treating this year, turn off your lights, take down decorations and put up a sign saying you are not participating
- if possible, sit on your porch, driveway, front yard or at your front door welcoming trick-or-treaters
- if you are unable to sit outside then regularly clean and disinfect doorbells, handrails, door handles
- wash your hands often throughout the evening with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- try to have only one person from your household give out treats
- do not have many hands reaching into the same container. Use tongs or other utensils to hand out treats or place individual amounts on a table
- wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained
- do not ask trick-or-treaters to sing or shout for their treats
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .