Public Health Agency advises against 'trick or treating' this year

Fri, 30/10/2020 - 13:08 -- Editor

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising against children going trick or treating around their neighbourhood this year, due to the Coronavirus restrictions.

Dr Gerry Waldron, Head of Health Protection at the PHA, said “We do not advise continuing the tradition of ‘bobbing for apples’ this year or going outside to trick or treat within the community, as these are not safe practices this year, as they increase the risk of infection.  Sharing of food and sweets can also spread the COVID-19 virus.  Face-to-face interactions with older and vulnerable neighbours could also put them at risk.”

Parents are instead advised to organise a Halloween treat hunt around your own home or garden, said the PHA.