The COVID-19 pandemic hangs over Halloween in Ontario | Coronavirus: Ontario

Costumes and treats can be handled safelysaid Dr. Etches to reporters at a press conference on Friday.

While there are no official guidelines yet on sanitary measures to frame Halloween in Ontario, the province’s chief medical officer David Williams said last week he could ask people to limit their activities during the scariest night of the year.

Experts say close contact with strangers during door-to-door visits could expose people to COVID-19. Contact with common surfaces, such as doorbells or chocolate bars, could also allow the virus to spread. It is also possible that large group gatherings or parties end up being the source of significant spread.

Dr. Vera Etches is the Chief Medical Officer of Ottawa Public Health.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Francis Ferland

For her part, Dr. Etches will provide advice following the release of the province’s recommendations. She nevertheless stressed that it was important to remember the basics to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

What is a guarantee of success is that people keep a distance of two meters between them , she said. That they wear a mask when they are inside. That they stay home when they are sick and wash their hands.

So this is how we should approach Halloween: we should use these same behaviors, she concluded.

The doctor Gerald Evans, epidemiologist at the University Queen’s of Kingston, in Ontario, believes that we may be missing the point. He’s seeing signs of a second wave, in part because of the continued increase in cases among young people.

Only healthy children will be able to go door to door to claim candy, he believes.

With information from Ryan Patrick Jones of CBC

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