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Waterloo Region's top doctor has tips for celebrating Halloween

Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang has recommendations for trick-or-treaters and those handing out candy
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Witches, super heroes, and goblins rejoice --- Halloween is back on this year.

But spooky season will look different in 2021 and Region of Waterloo Public Health has released guidelines on how to do your favourite Halloween activities while staying safe.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hsui-Li Wang said trick-or-treating is allowed but families should practice public health precautions. 

That includes wearing a face covering, even if your costume has a mask, and staying home if you're feeling sick.

Indoor gatherings should also be limited to 25 people and 100 people outdoors. 

You can see full tips for trick-or-treaters and treat distributors below:

- Stay home if you're sick/self-isolating
- Trick or treating outdoors is best
- Wear a face covering
- Wait for others to leave before you approach home
- Follow regular safety rules (ie. wear reflective clothing, use crosswalks)
- Give out purchased/packaged treats
- Wash your hands before you touch treats
- Wear a face covering
- Don't ask trick or treaters to sing/shout
- Limit size of gatherings (25 indoors, 100 outdoors)

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