Stay safe this Halloween — tips from Nanaimo RCMP

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Nanaimo RCMP is advising the public to keep safety on their minds this Halloween. Police provided tips to parents and motorists, including wearing face coverings while trick-or-treating.

“Although numbers of people participating in Halloween are expected to be down due to COVID-19, hundreds of little ones will be still be out and about, participating in this fun filled night,” said Const. Gary O’Brien in a media release.

O’Brien advised motorists to keep their speed down and to be prepared to stop suddenly. Parents can help keep their children safe by keeping to one side of the road and bringing a flashlight with them.

Police also said it is best to not let children eat candy before an adult examines it and to only go to houses with lights on.

RCMP said they will also have a team of officers and public health inspectors working throughout the evening to enforce the new public health order that restricts gatherings to only six guests, including the household.

“If at home or at work and you choose to disregard safety orders, don’t be surprised to get a knock on your door from our team, and they won’t be looking for treats. Their sole objective is to ensure compliance and those who disregard these safety orders, could face a fine of $2,000,” said O’Brien.

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