This year, kids in Quebec have been told not to yell "trick or "treat" this Halloween, due to supposed worries about them spreading COVID-19.
"For those who don’t show symptoms and who participate in the gathering and distribution of candy, remember that caution is still in order to limit the risks of spreading the virus," read the caution.
According to Global News, the province of Quebec, amazingly, hasn't had a "normal" Halloween since the year 2018.
This is due to the fact that, there were warnings for heavy rainfall back in 2019, causing some people to wind up celebrating the occasion a day later, effectively splitting Halloween into two parts.
Apart from that, of course, the pandemic changed things substantially in the year 2020. While, at the end, Halloween wasn't completely cancelled in all of Quebec that year, many municipalities did completely ban trick-or-treating. Where Halloween-related activities were allowed to continue in some form, the provincial government subjected people to pretty draconian restrictions.
In 2020, trick-or-treaters were not allowed to get close to people outside of their household. As a result, some residents got creative, using things like chutes to send candy to eagerly awaiting children. All adult Halloween activities were also banned province-wide.
For 2021, the Quebec government has also still asked people with symptoms, both adults and children, to stay home.
As well as the aforementioned admonishment to not sing or yell and to maintain social distancing, people are advised to not enter other houses, and to frequently use hand sanitizer when out trick-or-treating.
Of course, the city of Montreal's "vaccine passport" policy will remain in effect throughout Halloween 2021.
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