Hallowe’en according to the BC Centre for Disease Control
Never thought we’d ever see that headline, did we!
Hallowe’en is the one day of the year when we wear a mask willingly. It’s also a night when dozens of strangers (albeit small ones) invade our personal bubbles and we open the door to them.
Pretty much everything about Hallowe’en is a pandemic no-no.
Herds of small goblins and My-Pony-Princesses are running in every direction accompanied by adults who huddle while the kids are plunging their little fists into communal bowls of candy and goodies. Almost everyone is wearing a mask, not all of them cover little noses and mouths.
It’s enough to make a Public Health Officer cringe.
Media have been speculating about what rules apply on Hallowe’en and retailers have been shrugging their shoulders.
Enter the BC Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in their usual role of the Good Guy with a Message!
A common sense suggestion for one and all – stay in your bubble, no big parties. No parties of more than six.
If you do go out, wear a mask.
A Hallowe’en mask is better than nothing as long as it covers your nose and mouth. The CDC suggests wearing one or the other but don’t wear a costume mask over your non-medical mask as it will make it harder to breathe. Make your mask a part of your costume.
For those who still want to pass out the goodies, the CDC has some great suggestions.
Get individually sealed pre-packaged treats and don’t offer a shared bowl. You can use tongs, finally a use for those super-long barbecue tongs! Make it a “trick” and slide a packaged treat down a baking sheet to a waiting goblin.
Some people are trying “sliding tubes” based on media posts of folks decorating PVC pipes for their stairs and popping treats down the chute for some low-tech social distancing.
Wear a mask and stand outside to hand out treats. If you can’t stand outside, be prepared to clean and disinfect your doorknobs, rails, doorbells or anything else strange little hands will contact.
If you are accompanying the grandkids on their rounds, the rules haven’t changed from the everyday.
Stay in small groups, social distance, wear your masks, wash your hands often and stay outside as much as possible. Be careful using sanitizer near lit candles, it’s flammable.
If you are wearing a costume mask you may want to give it a wipe throughout the evening. A plastic costume mask is a hard surface, treat it as such.
Now let’s see how many Dr.-Bonnie-Henry’s show up with their blonde bobs, masks and Fluvogs!