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Trick-or-treaters should stick to own neighbourhoods

Trick-or-treaters should stick to own neighbourhoods”

Province issues guidelines for annual Halloween tradition, recommends those living in Ontario hotspots forgo trick-or-treating this year.

"We continue to monitor the situation and we completely sympathize with all of those who have been shut down but they have been for a reason because the Chief Medical Officer of Health and our command table believe the spread of COVID-19 could be amplified in those locations", Macleod says.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has gone from a couple of dozen new cases per month during the summer, to more than 100 new cases per month in September and October.

"As Ontarians begin to prepare for Halloween this year, I'd like to remind everyone to take extra precautions to ensure you are keeping yourself and your families safe", Williams said.

Trick-or-treaters are being asked to stay close to home in 2020.

Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps and do not forget to line up two metres apart if waiting.

To avoid high-touch surfaces and objects.

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Whether collecting or handing out treats, wash your hands often and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer.

Not to leave treats in a bucket or bowl for children to grab and consider using tongs or similar tools to hand out treats. "Through our collective efforts, we can change the outcome of this new outbreak".

Wear a face covering indoors, and outdoors if physical distancing can not be maintained, or if wearing one is required.

As of Monday, all four regions are under the restrictions which also closes casinos and reduces social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.

COVID Alert is an alert app from the federal government that anonymously tracks user proximity to help with contact tracing. As of Saturday morning, no one in the health district was hospitalized with symptoms.

Dr. Roumeliotis suspects that this week's COVID-19 case numbers will be a key factor in whether he and the province decide to put additional anti-COVID-19 restrictions in place.

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