Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Releases Halloween Safety Guide
Windsor, Ont. –
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit recommends that residents follow a few safety precautions when they receive their treats and treats this Halloween.
The health unit has issued a number of health and safety guidelines for those taking part in the spooky vacation this year, including limiting gatherings and staying local.
Do not attend any Halloween party if you are feeling sick, have symptoms of COVID-19 (even if they are mild), or have been told to self-isolate. While health and safety measures remain a top priority, UNTI encourages parents, families and individuals to participate by decorating as they usually would to create the Halloween spirit.
For those who participate in the trick or treat, WECHU suggests doing it remotely.
“Although trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity, there are still no zero risk situations, so following physical distancing rules will be extremely important,” the health unit said. “Always stay at least two meters (six feet) from people outside your home. This includes waiting for the trick-or-treaters in front of you to collect their treats before continuing. Don’t sing or shout for your treats.
The health unit also says those who spend the night door-to-door asking for candy should wear a mask or face covering and parents should make sure their children’s costumes allow them to wear. a comfortable face covering – costume masks are not a suitable substitute, says WECHU.
WECHU also suggests limiting the number of homes you visit and avoiding large groups and Halloween parties.
“Reducing the number of contacts will be key to preventing the spread of COVID-19 this Halloween,” WECHU said. “Families are recommended to make candy or spell only with members of their household to avoid large groups. If you choose to meet with people outside your household, consider limiting yourself to those who are fully vaccinated or keeping them outside. “
For those on the other side of the door handing out treats to costumed children, the health unit says to wash their hands or sanitize frequently, however, WECHU notes that there is no need to clean or to disinfect prepackaged treats but said to dispense candy from a distance.
“Using tongs to hand out candy, a table to spread out candy or other creative ways to share while keeping distance should be a priority,” says WECHU. “Also, remember to sit outside to avoid having to open the door or ring the bell. Handing out treats at the end of the aisle will easily avoid queues and potential crowds. “
The health unit also says candy donors should wear face coverings, place physical distance markers and avoid yelling and avoid decorations that can make children scream or cough.
WECHU also suggested alternatives to the treat, including an in-home treat unit, a virtual costume party, a family Halloween party, and the delivery of treats to friends and family.
A full list of guidelines for having a spooky and safe Halloween can be found on the WECHU website.