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Local Health Unit gives thumbs down to door-to-door trick-or-treating

'Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our district, I do not recommend trick-or-treating locally'

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is discouraging children from door to door trick or treating this Halloween.

"With Halloween approaching, the Health Unit understands the community’s excitement about this ghoulish holiday; however, the Health Unit does not recommend door-to-door trick-or-treating or congregating with others outside of your household," said a news release Tuesday afternoon.

“The province is not recommending trick-or-treating in the Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Regions. Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our district, I do not recommend trick-or-treating locally,” said Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “We need to act now to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These activities could allow the virus to spread more easily.”

See related: COVID-19: Halloween doesn't have to be cancelled even if trick-or-treating is, experts say

And: Health Unit says cases do not indicate an outbreak

Instead, the Health Unit suggests keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy.

  • Host a treat hunt with members of your household
  • Host a virtual costume show with your friends
  • Spend time bonding with those in your household by making homemade treats and decorations
  • Decorate your house, this is a great opportunity for some crafty activities, like a tissue ghost
  • Host your own monster mash dance party with people in your household
  • Arrange for contactless delivery of spooky crafts or treats with friends and family
  • Pick out some Halloween themed books to read together

"The province is in the second wave of COVID-19," adds the release. "Now is not the time to become unconcerned."