Canada says Halloween can go ahead this year and people are ecstatic but confused
Will Halloween in Canada be cancelled in 2020? Apparently not, according to the country's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam — so you can start dreaming about those mini O'Henry bars now.
Tam gave trick-or-treating the green light while speaking at a briefing in Ottawa on Tuesday.
"It's finding a balance," Tam said. "There are ways to actually manage this outdoors."
Some people are saying that Halloween is cancelled.— Damian Trasler (@Dtraslerwriting) October 13, 2020
We're having one. We'll slide candy to you down our 8ft candy tube, or you can pick some off the spider's web if you're brave enough.
Hope to see you (at a distance!) on the 31st! pic.twitter.com/Tnerzwe7Ob
Tam advised that parents add a face mask to their child's costume, as well as offer pre-packaged candy (instead of a communal candy bowl that everyone will be rummaging in).
She also said that Canadians should get inventive when it comes to handing out candy by using a hockey stick or a candy chute to maintain a safe distance.
On Halloween Sampson and the mayor demonstrate how people can use a tube to hand out candy pic.twitter.com/CrPMlGhN4l— Jeff Slack (@Jeffslack660) October 6, 2020
Not every Canadian is on board with Tam's message, however; some are pointing out that it seems odd since government officials were just asking Canadians to skip Thanksgiving celebrations with family members outside their household this year.
"This seems illogical after Thanksgiving," one person wrote. "I will be happy to leave treats on my doorstep, however, if Halloween is going ahead."
"Has she never trick or treated before because social distancing is not possible when you are handing out candy," another person added.
Although I agree children need to have some fun during these challenging times, taking candy from strangers is far from being safe! Surely parents could be creative and come up with a safe way to celebrate at home!!— Catherine Shea (@SheaCatherine) October 13, 2020
And it's not just the average Canadian that's confused about trick-or-treating; Toronto Mayor John Tory is asking public health officials for a clear stance on Halloween.
"Looking ahead to Halloween, now less than three weeks away, the Mayors and Chairs will strongly advocate for one clear public health message, preferably coming from the province, by the end of the week," an Oct. 13 statement reads.
Joined Mayors and Chairs across the GTHA to discuss the region's ongoing response to #COVID19. At today’s meeting we discussed the need for clear public health advice for residents on Halloween. Please read our full statement on today’s meeting. pic.twitter.com/TlQg3h2eZi— John Tory (@JohnTory) October 13, 2020
Canadians may want to hold off on stockpiling chocolate bars just yet, however; Tam stressed that Canadians should listen to local public health guidance when it comes to the final say on Halloween.
But, hey, even if Halloween is cancelled in your city, there's always spooky Netflix films to help you celebrate indoors.
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