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At this time, Manitoba families are encouraged to reduce the number of close contacts outside of their households and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.

Manitobans, and those visiting from out of province, are also strongly encouraged to focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes:

  • Staying home if you’re sick, even if your symptoms are only
  • Washing/sanitizing your hands
  • covering your
  • Practicing physical distancing when you are with people outside of your
  • Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces in situations where you cannot physically distance, or as required by public health

For those considering family, workplace or social celebrations, this fall it is recommended to limit holiday gatherings to household members, reduce your number of close contacts and limit the number of gatherings you attend to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Additional measures for those considering seasonal celebrations or family gatherings include:

  • People socializing in-person together are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief necessary
  • Traditional greetings such as handshakes, kissing and hugging should be
  • As has always been the case, members of the same household do not need to physically distance from each
  • Minimize workplace and other social celebrations and maintain physical
  • Where possible, plan for all or part of a celebration/gathering to be held
  • Where possible, consider virtual gatherings or other contactless
  • Everyone attending should self-screen for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening tool or the COVID-19 screening questions before attending an in-person celebration or gathering. Stay home if you are
  • Discourage attendance for people at higher risk of experiencing severe
  • Maintain lists of attendees for 21 days to ensure appropriate public health follow-up can take place if an attendee is exposed to COVID-19 during the celebration or


  • Frequently clean and disinfect common touch surfaces (for a listing of Health Canada approved cleaning products and other guidance visit the Manitoba COVID-19 prepare and prevent page)
  • Individuals should wash hands for at least 15 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer prior to and after eating, and before and after handling food or food
  • Encourage hand hygiene prior to food service by placing handwashing areas/alcohol- based hand sanitizer near the food service
  • Do not share utensils, condiments, or other objects. Consider having one individual designated to serve guests food to reduce the sharing of utensils. Or order individual portions from a restaurant or


  • Household members who feel unwell should not take part. Use the COVID-19 screening tool or the COVID-19 screening questions before participating in
  • If you start to feel unwell when out, return home as soon as you
  • Be aware of local Pandemic Response System levels and consider alternatives to trick or treating as appropriate to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands
  • Limit contact with non-household members. Trick-or-treat within your
  • Traditional greetings such as handshakes, kissing and hugging should be
  • Maintain a two-metre distance from people outside of your household or extended household group. Take turns and wait until any group ahead is
  • Decorate your household and yard for distance
  • Wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained or is unpredictable.
    • Consider incorporating a non-medical mask into your costume (while making sure your eyes are unobstructed for safety).
    • However, having a costume mask on top of a non-medical mask may not be safe.
    • Wear a non-medical mask to distribute
    • Remember, children under the age of two should not wear a non-medical mask. Click here for more information on proper masks use.


  • Where possible, provide individual contactless candy distribution. Use tools (e.g. tongs) to distribute candy at a
  • Provide individual bags and avoid self-service such as a common candy bowl
  • Supervise, as needed, while maintaining physical distancing
  • Provide wrapped, store bought treats only
  • Indoor or mall-based trick-or-treating is permitted where physical distancing is maintained and shared contact items are minimized or eliminated. Note that changing public health orders and Pandemic Response System may limit or restrict these activities. Check with the site before you make your


  • Consider only planning activities that allow people to continue to maintain physical distancing. Avoid activities where respiratory droplets may be exchanged, such as bobbing for
  • Pumpkin carving and decorating where individual pumpkins and tools are provided and individuals practice good hand hygiene, maintain appropriate physical distancing and adhere to any current gathering size
  • A costume parade where physical distancing can be maintained
  • Haunted Houses/Ghost Tours/Corn Mazes/Pumpkin Patches may be permitted, depending on local restrictions under current public health orders and the – Pandemic Response System. However, the following guidelines must be followed:
    • organizers, staff, or attending public must self-screen using the COVID-19 screening tool or the COVID-19 screening questions, and stay home if unwell
    • manage line-ups carefully to ensure physical
    • minimize time indoors
    • consider online bookings with timed arrivals with flexible cancellation policies
    • consider contactless payment
    • recommend all attendees (e.g. staff, volunteers, public, etc.) wear a non-medical mask, especially indoors
    • follow store/event policy
    • maintain 2 metre distance from persons who are not in your household group
    • employees, for example in haunted houses, must maintain physical distancing from guests
    • provide enough time and space between tour groups to maintain physical distancing
    • clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces between groups
    • encourage frequent hand hygiene
    • any food or beverage services must follow the appropriate provincial guidelines
    • any other activities within the event venue must follow the appropriate provincial guidelines

I hope this helps when planning for Halloween and other fall events. Respectfully,

Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Health Services

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