'It makes me nervous': Ford concerned about children being allowed to go door-to-door this Halloween
TORONTO -- Premier Doug Ford says that the thought of children heading out trick or treating next month amid a global pandemic makes him “nervous” but he is cautioning residents that a lot can still change between now and Halloween.
Earlier this week officials in Los Angeles County announced that they would prohibit trick or treating and urge residents to instead organize online parties or car parades to mark the occasion.
Similar action has not been taken by any Canadian municipalities so far, though Mayor John Tory told CP24 earlier this week that he “wouldn’t hesitate” to ask Torontonians to abandon their trick or treating plans this year if health officials deem the tradition too risky.
Speaking with reporters during his daily COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Ford said that it is too early to make a decision about what will be done about Halloween in Ontario but he conceded that the idea of trick or treating does worry him.
“Let’s play it by ear and see what happens over the next month-and-a-half but it makes me nervous, kids going door-to-door with this. I would prefer not to,” he said.
Ford said that it would be a shame to have to discourage children from going door-to-door this Halloween but he said that there is a need to be careful, especially amid a rising number of COVID-19 infections.
He said that while things could improve between now and Halloween, they could also get worse.
“A month-and-a-half is a long time when it comes to COVID,” he said. “When you look back a month-and-a-half ago or even a few weeks ago we were below 100 (new cases a day) but now it has spiked up and it is almost double.”