ACT Health officials have confirmed trick or treating is good to go in the Nation’s Capital this year.

The Territory’s public health orders will allow the collection of sweet treats this spooky season.

However, the health department is reminding Canberrans to stay COVID safe when hitting the streets to take part in the Halloween tradition.

If you plan to trick or treat:

  • Keep it local by staying in your suburb rather than going to well-known “treat streets” that attract big crowds.
  • Stay in small household groups (for example, a supervising adult with children from the same household) rather than groups of young people together.
  • Maintain physical distancing. Stay 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with.
  • Only accept individually wrapped sweets or treat bags.
  • Avoid sharing your treats with others from different households.
  • Carry hand sanitiser with you and use it often, especially after touching common surfaces.
  • If a particular house looks busy, move onto the next house or come back later.

If you plan on handing out treats:

  • Keep the handling of treats to a minimum and use individually wrapped sweets or treat bags.
  • Consider other ways of distributing treats away from your front door, such as hanging them individually on your fence, front gate, letterbox or front of your driveway. You could even grab a small table for the driveway or front yard and place the treat bowl on top with signage directing people where to grab the goodies.
  • Offer hand sanitiser at your front gate or fence.

Health officials are also reminding Canberrans to stay home if you’re feeling sick and if you’re in quarantine – not to answer the door.

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