PARENTS and children are being urged not to go ‘trick or treating’ this Halloween due to the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus.

The advice has been issued by the Government in areas, including the Bradford district, where Tier Two lockdown status is in place.

People from different households are not allowed to meet in homes or other indoor venues, unless they are in a ‘support bubble’. And no more than six people are allowed to congregate outdoors.

Bradford Council is backing the ‘stay at home’ message.

It says groups of children accompanied by their parents or carers knocking on doors and receiving sweets from different people would create an ideal situation for the virus to spread.

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “We can’t thank our residents enough for making the sacrifices they have already made to prevent the spread of this horrible virus.

“We are asking them to try to adapt their traditional celebrations of Halloween and Bonfire Night to the unique situation we are in this year, so as not to break the regulations designed to keep everyone safe.

“The advice to Stay Safe, Stay Alert and Stay Home must be followed until we can go back to normal again and enjoy our lives as we have always done.”