Canadians divided on disrupting upcoming holiday plans amid COVID-19: poll

52% of Canadians think the government should step in and cancel Halloween

As daily COVID-19 numbers have been trending upwards and public health authorities have been pleading for people to avoid contact with anyone outside of their immediate family, a new poll asked Canadians if they plan to change upcoming holiday plans.

The poll, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, revealed that 48 per cent of Canadians whose children went trick-or-treating last year say they will let their children go trick-or-treating this year.

52% of Canadians and 43% of Americans think governments should step in and cancel Halloween this year.
52% of Canadians and 43% of Americans think governments should step in and cancel Halloween this year.

Over half of the respondents think the Canadian government should step in and cancel Halloween this year and said they won’t be opening their doors to dish out candy.

Of the 1,500 people surveyed, about 40 per cent said the pandemic is causing them to change their plans this upcoming Thanksgiving day weekend.

Nearly half of the respondents also plan to change their plans this Christmas holiday season.

The online poll of 1,523 adult Canadians was conducted Oct. 2 to 4.