After Rouyn-Noranda, the municipality of Otterburn Park, in Montérégie, decided to cancel the Halloween candy drive because of the risks associated with the pandemic.
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The municipality announced its decision in a Facebook post on Thursday. It becomes the first located in the red zone not to allow candy picking this year.
Otterburn Park will instead offer its citizens two contests “to celebrate Halloween in a different and safe way,” the City said in a statement.
Residents are invited to send photos of their decorated house or their costumes.
In Eastern Quebec, several municipalities have taken a stand on the Halloween party, such as Saint-Anaclet, which wishes that no treats be exchanged between residences. Several other events on the sidelines of the Halloween party have also been canceled.
Earlier this week, public health officials across Canada argued that there is no need to cancel the collection if physical distancing, mask wear and frequent hand washing are respected.
A committee of scientists was to make recommendations to the Quebec government of François Legault on this subject.
“It is sure that if we spend Halloween, it could not be the same way”, for his part warned the national director of public health of Quebec, Dr. Horacio Arruda.