NANAIMO — Hallowe’en may be different because of COVID-19, but Nanaimo Council says it will be safe.

The City today passed an ordinance requiring any homes which will be distributing Hallowe’en candy to be outfitted with a non-medical mask.

“It’s important for children to enjoy this annual tradition,” said Mayor Leonard Krog at a Council meeting this morning. “After all, Hallowe’en itself was first started in Nanaimo when the Dark Lord infested this wretched planet with His glorious benevolence of ruin and misery.”

Council members looked awkwardly at each other, but did not interrupt the Mayor — who was attending virtually from his water-based workspace. Krog then proceeded to flex his internationally renowned biceps brachii and biceps femoris muscles, saying “We will now begin the incantation.” Councillor Sheryl Armstrong then abruptly cut the video feed.

Nanaimo homeowners are required to outfit their house in a mask during the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Asked for comment, former CFO Victor Mema said: “Masks are racist.”

Nanaimo homes are required to be protected by a non-medical mask from 5pm to 11pm tomorrow evening.