Enjoying Spooky Festivities Safely – Halloween
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Point Edward, ON – Halloween is this Saturday and Lambton Public Health is reminding everyone who will be participating in festivities to do so safely to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our community.
COVID-19 is spread primarily through prolonged, close contact with individuals who have the disease. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 we are asking that residents continue to reduce their patterns of social activities and keep their social circles limited to their households or chosen household for those who live alone.
“We are asking you to put a pause on Halloween gatherings such as costume parties and movie marathons with friends,” explains Dr. Sudit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for Lambton County. “However, trick-or-treating is a low-risk, one-time Halloween activity which may provide a bit of normalcy for kids. Remember, we’ve been dealing with COVID for the past several months, and being able to participate in a low-risk, foundational childhood moment may offer important social benefits.”
If you choose to go out trick-or treating this year, you can reduce the risk to yourself and others by:
1. Keeping your distance from others and staying with people from your household
2. Not going out if you are unwell or have mild symptoms,
3. Not handing out candy if you are unwell or have mild symptoms
4. Staying outdoors during the activity
5. Not going overboard – a few houses, a bit of candy, and call it a night.
Additional details are available from the Government of Ontario, including alternative ways to celebrate, recommended restrictions for areas with high rates of COVID-19 transmission, and posters to support homeowners.
Community transmission of COVID-19 remains low in Lambton County and to keep it that way we are asking all Lambton County residents to continue to reduce patterns of social activities where COVID-19 has been spreading in other regions. We can get through this if we all work together and continue to follow public health measures, because we are stronger, together.