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Toronto Public Health Covid-19 Notices

NEW! July 23, 2021: Public Health Letter to Parents/Guardians RE COVID-19 Youth Vaccination

June 14, 2021: Public Health Letter to Parents/Guardians RE Youth Vaccination + Town Hall Information

February 24, 2021: Public Health letter to Parents/Guardians Re: COVID-19 Variants of Concern

February 12, 2021: Public Health Letter to Parents: Changes to School Screening Tools

February 8, 2021: Return to in-person learning at school letter to Parents and Guardians

January 13, 2021: Ministry of Education Memorandum to Principals of Private Schools

January 2, 2021: Minister Lecce's Letter to Parents.

December 4, 2020: Updated COVID-19 Public Health Measures Memo to Families.

October 26.2020: Recommendations for Schools During Halloween

Due to rising cases of COVID-19 in our city, Toronto Public Health encourages schools to share the following messages with their school communities with respect to Halloween:

Outside of School

  • Toronto Public Health does not recommend hosting or attending in-person gatherings for Halloween this year. For the safety of individuals, it is recommended that in-person celebrations are limited to those with whom individuals live.
  • As well, because of higher risks for COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health is not recommending traditional door-to-door trick or treating in Toronto, Ottawa, Peel, and York Region. It is important that families not travel outside of their region to celebrate Halloween.
  • For more information the following information can be shared with parents/guardians:

o   TPH Celebrating A Safer Halloween During COVID-10  (French)

o   TPH Be Hallo-wise infographic (French)

o   Trick-or-treating alternatives infographic (French)

Inside School

While Halloween will look different this year, with some imagination, there are still many ways to have fun and celebrate safely in the school setting. Large school-wide events and gatherings are not recommended at this time. These are some suggestions  for your consideration for celebrating Halloween in Schools

  • Decorate the classroom. Hang Halloween decorations in or around the classroom
  • Students can attend school dressed up in a costume if they wish.  Since students are required to wear face coverings in school:
    • They should not wear a costume mask on top of their face covering.
    • They should not remove their face covering and wear only a costume mask. A costume mask does not replace a face covering.
    • Because they are wearing a face covering, it is recommended that students not wear make-up, from below the eyes to ensure their face coverings are not dirtied. Students can consider wearing colourful face coverings as part of their costume.
  • We do not recommend that staff or students bring candy to school for sharing with others
  • Students can have a Halloween event in their classroom restricted only to their class cohort.  This can include Halloween art activities, celebrating virtually with other classrooms, reading Halloween stories or watching a movie.

Please continue to visit the Toronto COVID-19 website to learn about the current health situation, affected City services and economic supports available. Please visit: for more information about schools.

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