Manitobans continue to have a significant role to play in working together to support public health measures and reduce the spread of COVID-19. This information is intended to update the public on how to enjoy Halloween while reducing the potential spread of COVID-19.
This guidance is intended for individuals; businesses and services must follow the guidance provided in the Restoring Safe Services Plan specific to their facility/sector. Note that public health orders and the Pandemic Response System restrictions may change as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Individuals are encouraged to check the Pandemic Response System website for current information.
General Information for Halloween
At this time, Manitoba families are encouraged to reduce the number of close contacts outside of their households, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.
Manitobans are also strongly encouraged to focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes:
- Staying home if you’re sick, even if your symptoms are only mild.
- Washing/sanitizing your hands frequently.
- Covering your cough.
- Practicing physical distancing when you are with people outside of your household.
- Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces in situations where you cannot physically distance, or as required by public health orders.
Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Activities
- Household members who feel unwell should not take part. Use the COVID-19 screening tool or the COVID-19 screening questions before participating in activities.
- If you start to feel unwell when out, return home as soon as you can.
- Be aware of local Pandemic Response System levels and consider alternatives to trick or treating as appropriate to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
- Limit contact with non-household members. Trick-or-treat within your household.
- Traditional greetings such as handshakes, kissing and hugging should be avoided.
- Maintain a two-metre distance from people outside of your household or extended household group. Take turns and wait until any group ahead is gone.
- Decorate your household and yard for distance viewing.
- Wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained or is unpredictable.
- Consider incorporating a non-medical mask into your costume (while making sure your eyes are unobstructed for safety).
- However, having a costume mask on top of a non-medical mask may not be safe.
- Wear a non-medical mask to distribute candy.
- Remember, children under the age of two should not wear a non-medical mask. Click here for more information on proper masks use.
- Follow proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Scrub for at least 15 seconds.
- Use a Health Canada-approved alcohol based hand sanitizer when hands are not visibly dirty and handwashing is not possible.
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes, and then wash/ sanitize your hands after.
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