Halloween is only one day away, and the Quebec government has clarified that since trick-or-treating is primarily an outdoor activity, children and their parents are allowed to roam the streets in search of that sweet stuff we call candy — even though the month-long coronavirus lockdown was recently extended.
But what do Montrealers need to know about trick-or-treating in the middle of a pandemic?
In a tweet, Santé Montréal shared advice on "what to do this year for a safe Halloween."
L’#Halloween approche à grands pas… 🎃 Plongez-vous dans l'ambiance toute particulière de cette fête avec vos petits… https://t.co/jxyXOUWPsN— Santé Montréal (@Santé Montréal) 1603902677.0
Santé Montréal retweeted a kid-friendly video that Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale posted to its YouTube channel, which outlines the ground rules for trick-or-treating in Quebec.
For a safe Halloween, the CIUSSS says we should circulate in small groups composed of members of the same household.
It discourages people from going trick-or-treating in other boroughs, and tells families to walk around their respective areas only.
Two-metre social distancing is a must, as is mask-wearing. In other words, parents and children are all expected to follow basic public health practices related to COVID-19.
Entering homes is prohibited, as private gatherings are currently forbidden in red zones — meaning no Halloween parties.
Trick-or-treaters are expected to wash their hands before and after taking candy from a shared bowl, and homeowners are expected to stay at least two metres away from visitors.
If you want more information about Halloween, you'll find the Quebec government's responses to common questions here.
It's looking like October 31 will be sunny in Montreal with a high of 4 and a low of -1. With no snow and clear skies, at least the weather gives us one reason to smile this Halloween.