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Reykjavík Authorities Advise Against Trick-or-Treating on Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en is fast approaching and the tradition of trick-or-treating has grown in popularity in Iceland in recent years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the City of Reykjavík has issued a notice advising families to celebrate the holiday at home.

“Saturday, October 31 is Hallowe’en, which has become increasingly popular in Iceland,” says a notice from the city. “In several places, there’s been a tradition for children to visit homes to ‘trick-or-treat’ but now it’s foreseeable that this will change. Taking into account that the Civil Protection Department’s state of emergency due to COVID-19 is still active, Civil Protection encourages parents and guardians to celebrate Hallowe’en with their children in a different way this year.”

The notice points out that going from house to house and receiving candy involves many points of contact and “the risk of getting infected is very high as it stands.”

Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist is expected to announce a tightening of restrictions at the COVID-19 briefing beginning at 11.00am UTC today. Iceland Review will live-tweet the meeting at the link below.

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