Whether you choose to donate treats or choose to donate treats, the health unit reminds everyone to follow safety precautions
SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) wants this Halloween to be fun and safe for everyone who celebrates it. Adhering to public health safety measures will help ensure that you and your loved ones enjoy treats and any Halloween stuff.
Whether you choose to donate treats or choose to donate treats, the health unit is reminding everyone to follow public health safety precautions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. These precautions include not handing out sweets and not doing any mischief or treating if you are sick, even with mild symptoms.
You need to take extra precautions depending on your planned activities.
If you are door-to-door:
- Be outdoors as much as possible. If indoors, maintain a physical distance or if the physical distance is difficult, wear a face cover.
- Avoid singing or shouting for your treats.
- Be creative and make the face cover part of your costume. NOTE: A costume mask is not a face cover. Costume masks should NOT be worn over a non-medical mask or face covering, as this may make breathing difficult.
- Do not crowd the doors; take turns, one at a time.
If you choose to donate treats:
- Do not participate in Halloween festivities if you have symptoms, even if they are mild.
- Keep interactions with the treats short and encourage them to continue after receiving their treat from you.
- Distribute only purchased and wrapped treats.
- Consider wearing a face cover when physical distance cannot be maintained.
- Wash your hands often.
Halloween isn’t all about tricks or treats and a lot of people love to get together with friends to celebrate. The health unit reminds the public that indoor social gatherings are limited to 25 people and 100 people outdoors under Stage 3 of the Roadmap to Reopening Ontario.
If you decide to host or attend a Halloween gathering, be sure to adhere to the following measures to ensure your safety and the safety of others:
- Have as few people as possible at your party or gathering and use outdoor spaces whenever possible. Do not exceed the picking limits.
- If all guests are fully immunized, you may consider removing face covers if everyone is comfortable with that. If guests are from multiple households that are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose immunization status is unknown, you should wear a face cover and walk away physically.
- Make a list of guests present in case public health requires them for contact tracing.
- If you are serving food and drink, remember to wash your hands often while preparing and serving food, and suggest that everyone gathered to do so before and after eating.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and open windows, if possible; provide all necessary supplies, including hand sanitizer, soap and water.
- If you are immunocompromised or at higher risk for serious illness and / or exposure to COVID-19, consider joining virtually or not attending the event.
Whatever your Halloween plans this year, SMDHU reminds everyone to follow current public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including staying home if you feel unwell, maintaining a physical distance of at least at least 2 meters with those who live outside your home, wear a mask inside and outside when physical distancing is not possible, covering your cough and washing your hands regularly.
For more information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19, please visit www.smdhu.org/stopthespread.