Oct 19, 2020
By Christine Ross
Doug Ford says he hates to be the one to deliver the bad news but Halloween is effectively cancelled in COVID hotspots.
Children living in Toronto, Peel, York and Ottawa are being told NOT to go trick or treating this Halloween. The official word comes from Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams who was asked to explain how collecting candy door to door is unsafe.
The Premier and Dr. Williams were repeated pressed by reporters to explain how trick-or-treating is less safe than spending a full day in school for children where they share books and toys.
“This is the first Halloween we’ve had with COVID so there’s not a lot of track record globally on this matter, the point is more the collective activity,” Dr. Williams told reporters.
Premier Ford says kids can still celebrate by carving pumpkins, watching a scary movie and sharing costumes virtually. The rest of the province is being told to go ahead with strict safety measures.
Some infectious disease experts have spoken out against the decision to cancel trick or treating.