Statement from Mayor Bigger – Be safe this Halloween

22-Oct-2020

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2020

Statement from Mayor Bigger – Be safe this Halloween

I want to again commend everyone for being diligent in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Thank you for playing an active role in caring about the health and well-being of others. 

I know it’s been challenging, but we’ve proven we can adapt our holiday celebrations to the current environment, with the safety of our friends and family at the forefront. I was pleased to learn we received only one complaint about social gatherings over the Thanksgiving long weekend. Together, we are taking this pandemic seriously and adapting accordingly.

I know many of you have questions, and so I wanted to be clear: trick-or-treating is permitted this Halloween, but please do it safely. Travel only with members of your household, ensure non-medical masks or face coverings are worn at all times, practice physical distancing, and do not trick-or-treat or hand out candy if you are sick. Please respect and skip houses if the lights are out. People may be choosing to not hand out candy due to health concerns or because they are isolating.

Whatever you choose, it’s important to make the safest and best decision possible for your own family.

If you’re choosing alternative ways to celebrate Halloween, there are plenty of options, including virtual activities, at-home scavenger hunts, and much more.

For our teens and adults, I encourage you to skip the in-person parties and instead host a virtual party or share your spooky costumes on social media. Remember, gathering restrictions remain in place: 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors are allowed under provincial legislation, following masking, sanitizing and distancing protocols, but non-essential gatherings of any size should be limited. Stick with members of your household for indoor activities.

For those interested, we have posters available on our website and social media pages to help people know if you are handing out treats or skipping the tradition this year.

I encourage you to choose ways keep our kids and our community safe from COVID-19 this Halloween.

For more information, please visit the Public Health Sudbury & Districts website at www.phsd.ca.

Sincerely,

Mayor Brian Bigger, City of Greater Sudbury

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Media contact: 
Melissa Zanette
Office of the Mayor
City of Greater Sudbury
Phone: 705-674-4455 ext. 2521
E-mail: melissa.zanette@greatersudbury.ca