Ottawa’s health officer Dr. Vera Etches says she expects Halloween to return this year with some precautions.
Etching said trick-or-treating can be performed safely as it is outdoors, but certain precautions must be taken to protect children who have not yet been vaccinated.
She only recommends outdoor gatherings while keeping them as small as possible while trick-or-treating one family at a time and wearing a mask.
Last year, Ottawa residents were urged to stay home on Halloween night. One year later, 84 percent of Ottawa residents born in 2009 or earlier are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Things are different this year. We have really good protection against the vaccine for more vulnerable populations,” she told Robyn Bresnahan, host of CBC Radio Ottawa tomorrow.
Ontario’s Chief Health Officer, Dr. Kieran Moore, also announced security advice for Halloween at his weekly press conference Thursday afternoon.
4th wave much better place than 2nd wave
Last October, the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was in Ottawa, and Ottawa Public Health reported more than 100 new cases a day. Just two weeks before Halloween 2020, the country’s capital had the highest transfer rate per. Population in the province and an increasing number of people in the hospital with COVID-19.
The city is currently reporting 40 new cases a day, a much lower per capita rate and a stable number of people in the hospital, which has made it possible to return to something resembling a normal Halloween.
Etser acknowledged that families are likely to reunite, but she urged residents to continue to follow public health guidelines even when outdoors.
She said she encourages those with vulnerable family members to consider risk levels and “find what is best for them.”