Cancel Halloween due to COVID-19? It’s scary but possible

Two kid sin Halloween costumes Ontario government grapples with COVID-19 Halloween cancellation

Should Halloween be cancelled? That’s the question the Ontario government is wrestling with as the Fall season gets underway and spooky season decorations appear in local stores.

New COVID-19 case numbers are low in Niagara, and very low in West Niagara. Across the province, they have spiked to 313 new cases today.

“Let’s play it by ear and see what happens over the next month a half, for Halloween,” said Doug Ford at press conference he gave in Sudbury Thursday.

“Halloween is a month and a half away. We’ve got to take care of the kids. That’s a priority. A month and a half is a long time when it comes to COVID…even a few weeks ago, we were below 100 (daily cases), and all of a sudden it spiked up to almost double,” said Ford. As of today, new case numbers have tripled.

The premier’s answer came only a few days after the province paused any further loosening of public health measures to combat the pandemic’s spread.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams, told CBC News that people might need to limit their activities on Halloween this year. Williams is yet to make a final decision about trick or treating. “We’re looking at the protection of the children so that they’re not bringing more than the candy back home with them,” he said.

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More than 300 new COVID-19 cases today across Ontario