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BCCDC releases new guidelines for Halloween

Last Updated Oct 5, 2020 at 8:17 pm PST

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Summary

The BC Centre for Disease Control is rolling out new guidelines for Halloween amid the pandemic

Youngsters are being told to stick to their own neighbourhoods, stay in small groups and wear face masks

The BCCDC is advising people to avoid house parties where the risk of transmission is higher

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Halloween will look very different this year, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The BC Centre for Disease Control is rolling out new guidelines for those who want to celebrate the holiday.

You’re being told to stick to your social bubble, and to skip indoor house parties where the risk of transmission increases.

On its website, the BCCDC outlines the higher risk of transmission in indoor spaces, and suggests celebrating within households or within small social bubbles.

Kids can still trick or treat but they’re being told stay in small groups and stay local instead of visiting multiple neighbourhoods.

Kids should remember to stay socially distant and to try and wash their hands before consuming any candy while out trick or treating.

Children should  avoid trick or treating in busy spaces like malls – while working to incorporate face masks as part of their costumes.

For those handing out treats, the BCCDC is suggesting using tongs, standing outside while giving out candy, and only handing out wrapped candy.

You’re also being asked to avoid decorations that could cause coughing, like fog machines.

Anyone who is feeling unwell or exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 are being advised to stay home and keep your porch light off to dissuade visitors.