Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore has advised children “not to yell” while trick or treating and wear masks over fears that it could lead to the spread of COVID-19. 

Dr. Moore made the comment during a COVID-19 briefing on Thursday. 

“They’ll have masks on it’s just not to yell too exuberantly, I think the purpose of that comment was not to aerosolize and it’s just a risk reduction strategy, said Dr. Moore in response to a question from a reporter. 

“Clearly you have to make your presence known when you get your treat and you have to be able to knock as well as ask for the treat. We just ask not with a high volume that can potentially aerosolize. It’s an abundance of caution.”

Ontario currently has some of the harshest COVID-19 policies across the country despite having one of the highest vaccination rates. 

Unvaccinated Canadians are prohibited from eating in mall food courts, attending gyms, salons, conferences or other venues without proof of vaccination status or a government-approved medical exemption.

Constitutional rights groups like the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms have called the system “authoritarian” and a violation of Canadians’ Charter rights. 

“Coercing Ontarians to inject COVID vaccines which are still undergoing human trials, or submit to any other drug or medical treatment, interferes with bodily autonomy, an interest that is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” explained the  JCCF in a September news release. 

“Vaccine passports also violate the principles of equal treatment under the law protected under the Charter. Individuals who have not been vaccinated for a variety of reasons including religious belief, creed, and medical issues will now be segregated and their participation in society will become limited to what is deemed “essential” by the government.”