Reminder to follow public health guidelines for Halloween

Posted On Thursday October 15, 2020

As residents begin making plans for Halloween, the City of Waterloo reminds everyone to follow the guidelines of Region of Waterloo Public Health and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and find low-risk activities to mark the holiday.   

Low-risk activities for celebrating Halloween safely with members of your immediate household include: 

  • pumpkin carving and house decorating
  • virtual costume party
  • halloween movie night
  • sharing spooky stories
  • outdoor trick-or-treat scavenger hunt in the backyard

Virtual gatherings are the safest way to celebrate with people outside your household. Physical distancing and wearing a face covering continue to be important safety measures, even when outdoors and under the 25 person outdoor limit. The following guidelines will help to limit contact for those that may choose to participate in trick or treating:

  • only go out with members of your immediate household
  • physically distance and wear a face covering with anyone outside of your immediate household
  • both trick-or-treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering, not a costume mask
  • a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering and should not be worn over a face covering as it may make it difficult to breathe
  • do not leave treats in a bucket or bowl for children to grab
  • use tongs, or other similar tools, to hand out treats
  • do not congregate or linger at doorsteps - line up two metres apart if waiting

Please keep in mind that the guidelines may change between now and the end of the month. As the COVID-19 situation in our community evolves over the next few weeks, it is possible that recommendations may be revised, or new guidelines added.

Media contact:
Cari Howard
Manager, Corporate Communications
cari.howard@waterloo.ca