It is a query that many dad and mom – and a few youngsters – have been pondering since Boris Johnson urged the nation to restrict mixing with individuals from Monday to scale back the unfold of coronavirus.
Will Hallowe’en – and trick or treating – on October 31 be cancelled?
On the one hand, it is doable to argue that as most youngsters are again in school there ought to be no downside with trick or treating.
However the Prime Minister made it abundantly clear at a Downing Avenue briefing on Wednesday that households mustn’t combine with greater than six individuals in England from Monday.
In the event that they flout the principles, they could possibly be slapped with fines of £100 because the legal guidelines shall be enforceable by police.
So on that foundation, it seems possible that the standard October 31 custom of kids knocking on stranger’s doorways for sweets (typically in fancy gown) shall be OFF this yr.
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Youngsters do not often exit on their very own – they’re regularly trick or treating with their friends and fogeys.
The opposite challenge is that for eight out of 10 boroughs in Larger Manchester (besides Stockport and Wigan), native restrictions are in drive banning two households from mixing in one another’s properties or gardens.
Extra stringent restrictions are in place in Bolton, the place circumstances have spiked.
Whether or not these restrictions will nonetheless be in drive by the tip of subsequent month stays to be seen.
Some dad and mom, nevertheless, are suggesting inventive methods across the anticipated ban.
As a substitute of scores of kids dipping their grubby fingers right into a communal bowl of sweets, objects could be individually wrapped and overlooked for youngsters on doorsteps.
Individuals could possibly be inspired to not knock at doorways and assist themselves to keep away from unnecessarily mixing with different individuals.
Small events – or digital Zoom Hallowe’en events could possibly be held so individuals can no less than see their mates despite the fact that not in individual.
What is for certain is that Hallowe’en as we all know it is going to be not be on within the midst of the worldwide pandemic.