The province said while there are fewer restrictions in place than at this time last year, it is still important to be careful. Importantly, health officials say if you’re not feeling well, stay home – don’t go baking treats, handing out candy, or dressing up for a Halloween party.
If you plan on making a candy or spell, the province says to stay away from others, avoid homes without lights on, and visit homes outside when possible. If you are indoors, wear a non-medical mask.
Public health says to keep the conversations short – “Don’t sing or shout in exchange for Halloween candy” – and don’t grab treats in situations where everyone has to reach for a single container.
Here are some other tips for trick-or-treaters:
- Carry hand sanitizer with you and wash your hands often, especially if you are putting on and taking off a mask or face covering and touching high contact 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 the treats.
For those planning to hand out candy, the province recommends sitting on the porch, driveway or front yard to accommodate the treat treats.
If this is not possible, regularly clean and disinfect doorbells, handrails and doorknobs.
Not having a lot of outstretched hands in one container. Use tongs or other utensils to dispense treats or place individual batches on a table.
People should wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing is not possible, and never ask visitors to sing or shout for their treats.
If you don’t participate, turn off the lights, remove decorations, and put up a sign saying you are not participating.
For Halloween revelers, Public Health is reminding people of the current gathering limits for informal events: 25 people indoors or 50 outdoors.
Masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces, and a non-medical mask cannot be substituted for a Halloween costume mask.
Most Halloween masks that cover the entire face have holes for breathing – they don’t fit properly and protect others. Although this type of mask can be worn outdoors or at home, it cannot be worn in place of a non-medical mask in indoor public spaces.
If offering food, consider pre-served individual servings or a single designated person to serve food and drink. Do not share food or drink or use common serving cutlery.
Nova Scotia reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the number of active cases to 160. The province does not update the number of cases on weekends.