BC health officials "working on some guidance" for Halloween this year

Sep 9 2020, 2:29 pm

As summer transitions into fall, and kids head back to school this week, the BC government has now unveiled its plans for managing the coronavirus pandemic going forward post-summer.

During a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry was asked if she thought typical fall celebrations – such as Halloween – would go ahead, and what this might look like.

“Yes, absolutely. I think we can have Halloween this year — it’s just going to look different, like everything is looking different during this pandemic,” said Henry.

Henry said health officials are currently “working on some guidance that we’ll put out around this,” but in the meantime, “I really think we need to think about small groups outside.”

This she said, could mean “not having people come into your house, but having maybe the neighbourhood doing things at the end of the driveway, [and/or] having pre-packaged treats for kids so that they’re not rummaging around in things.”

At the end of the day, she said, “there’s lots of ways we can still celebrate, and I think it’s important for us to still celebrate.”

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