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Non-Tricky Tips for a Spooky Safe Halloween in SWOX


10/15/2020 1:49:54 PM

The Township of South-West Oxford and Southwestern Public Health are advising community members to be cautious and consider local risks when planning Halloween activities this year! Dr. Locke, Medical Officer of Health recommends "families pay close attention to our COVID-19 cases as we lead up to October 31st and adjust plans as needed." SWOX, from guidance from Southwestern Public Health, advises the following to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and happy Halloween - albeit public health guidelines:

Trick or Treating

  • Choose costumes that allow your child to wear a face covering. Face coverings can be worn under a Halloween mask as long as they can see and breathe comfortable. Make sure it is comfortable so your child will not need to adjust it.
  • Go only with those in your immediate household and keep a 2 metre distance at all times from others
  • Stay in your community to limit the number of people you come into contact with
  • Carry hand sanitizer and use it after touching touch-points like doorbells or railings, and before touching candy
  • If you can, knock instead of pushing doorbells, or keep 2 metres from the door or porch and call “trick or treat”. Make sure the person calling is wearing a face covering.
  • Wait until you’re home and have washed your hands before handling candy

Handing Out Candy

  • If you are over the age of 65, or have health concerns, you should avoid in-person Halloween activities this year – such as handing out candy, or visiting family members
  • Wear a face covering and keep a 2 meter distance from trick-or-treaters.
  • If possible, hand out candy from the driveway, open garage, or lawn instead of your front door.
  • If you are indoors (school) use a table or desk to keep a safe distance from trick-or-treaters (e.g. school classroom)
  • Avoid handling treats - Use pre-packaged candy (no homemade treats) - Hand treats out directly from the package they came in - Don’t leave self-serve bowls of bulk candy - Make candy bundles/bags and space them out on a table or blanket for trick-or-treaters to take.

Attending A Party (adults and kids)

  • Spend time with people you know - the smaller the group the better.
  • If possible, host your party outside. It’s easier to keep a healthy distance between guests and there’s better air circulation (remember … do not exceed 25 people outdoors).
  • If the party is indoors, keep it small and maintain 2 metres away from people in other families and cohorts (remember private gatherings cannot exceed 10 people indoors).
  • Don’t share drinks, snacks, cigarettes, vapes or cannabis – and no bobbing for apples!
  • Choose games and activities that don’t involve sharing items, and allow for distancing.

For up-to-date reliable information about COVID-19 please see Southwestern Public Health's website

View additional guidance for festive gatherings here

To Contact Southwestern Public Health:

  • St. Thomas Site (Administrative office) 1230 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, ON
  • Woodstock Site : 410 Buller Street, Woodstock ON

Toll Free: 1-800-922-0096


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Township of South-West Oxford

Located in South Western Ontario, in the South West section of Oxford County and serves as a regional centre for industry, commerce and recreation.

The Township oversees 87,588 acres with a population of 7,544 and we have Canada’s busiest highway in our front yard! With a rich agricultural heritage, please stop by and enjoy our diverse Township. 

The Township’s mission is be "a leader in the development and delivery of municipal services for the growth and well being of our community"

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