Statement from Mayor Sendzik: Be safe and responsible this Halloween
First, I want to thank St. Catharines residents and businesses for stepping up their efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our community has done an outstanding job following the guidelines from health officials throughout this pandemic.
Now, Halloween is on Saturday. It will look and feel different, and it should because the COVID19 is still spreading in our community. We’ve already proven we can adapt our family celebrations to protect our family and friends – and Halloween is no different.
Over the last several weeks I’ve had plenty of questions from families about Halloween. I want to be clear: trick-or-treating is permitted this Halloween – but it has to be done in a safe way. We can’t afford to let our guard down – even for one night. Go out with members of your household only, wear a face covering at all times, practice physical distancing, and don’t go out if you are sick. Please be respectful and skip houses if the lights are out. We may see more households choosing not to hand out candy this year – and that is okay. We are all doing our part in different ways.
And for those adults who may be thinking about hosting or going to an adult-based Halloween party – this is not the time to play dress up and have a party. Limit non-essential gatherings of any size – especially with those outside of your immediate family – and adhere to provincial restrictions. Disobeying provincial legislation not only puts you at risk to spread the virus, but you are also at risk of facing significant fines.
Niagara Regional Police has added resources for Saturday to respond to parties, and they will be prepared to take appropriate enforcement action – including significant fines. Any calls about large private gatherings and parties should be directed to police. You can call the NRP non-emergency line 905-688-4111 and ask for dispatch. As always, in the event of an emergency call 911.
Let’s have a wonderfully different Halloween – as the Great Pumpkin sets to rise out of the pumpkin patch on Saturday – let’s remember that as a community we have proven over the past seven months that we are truly an amazing City and we will overcome the challenges facing us – as long as we continue to look after each out. Happy Halloween!