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COVID-19 won't spook away trick-or-treating if safety rules followed: health officers

Last Updated Oct 13, 2020 at 12:35 pm MDT

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam speaks during a press conference during the COVID pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA — Canada’s chief public health officer says trick-or-treating should be possible this Halloween as long as little goblins take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Theresa Tam cautions, however, that parents should listen to local public health authorities for advice on their particular communities.

Tam says outdoor trick-or-treating can be safe when people respect physical distancing, wear masks, use hand sanitizer and ensure treats are pre-packaged.

She notes a cloth mask can even be incorporated into some costumes.

Deputy chief public health officer Howard Njoo says Halloween celebrations will vary across the country.

But he points to the way people creatively adapted to safely enjoy Thanksgiving as an example to follow.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2020.

The Canadian Press