As we get ready to head into the spookiest weekend of the year, Bridgewater Police Service would like to take a few minutes of your time and remind you about expectations around Halloween festivities – for young and old alike – during COVID-19.
TRICK OR TREATING
The recommendation from Public Health is that youngsters go trick-or-treating with people that they live with or friends from your close social group, in groups of no more than 10 people. If you’re not feeling well or have symptoms associated with COVID-19, then please stay the blazes home.
Regarding masks, non-medical masks are required in indoor public places such as a mall or restaurant. If children are trick-or-treating indoors – like in an apartment building -- we recommend that they wear a non-medical mask as part of their costume.
If you’re handing out treats, you’re not required to wear a mask unless you are in an indoor public place (like a mall). However, Public Health has recommended wearing a non-medical mask if at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained while handing out treats.
ADULT HALLOWEEN PARTIES
If you are hosting or attending a party or event at a home, the gathering limit is 10 people. As with all social events and holidays, it’s strongly encouraged that people celebrate Halloween with an established family or close social group of up to 10.
Remember, if you have more than 10 people inside your house at a party, you run the risk of being fined.
On the food front, it’s okay to serve food and drinks if physical distancing and good hand hygiene practices are being followed. If you do choose to offer food, there should be someone designated to serve food and beverages. Also, sharing food or drinks between people is never a good idea.
INFO ON GATHERING LIMITS
If you’re going out to a Halloween party at a hall or restaurant, non-medical masks are required in indoor public places, so you’ll have to mask up. And, no, a Halloween costume mask does not replace a non-medical mask.
The indoor gathering limit with social/physical distancing for social events that are run by a recognized business or organization is 50% of the venue’s legal capacity (typically set by the Fire Marshal), up to 200 people maximum indoors.
The outdoor gathering limit with social distancing for social events that are run by a recognized business or organization is 250 people maximum outdoors. The gathering limit with social distancing for social events that are not run by a recognized business or organization is 50 people maximum indoors and outdoors.
If you or anyone in your household are feeling unwell or self-isolating for any reason, you cannot have visitors to your house, nor can you hand out treats. There are posters available for download at novascotia.ca/coronavirus that you can post on your door or even at the end of your driveway to give trick-or-treaters a friendly “come by next year” message.
For more info, visit www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.