Crowds of people not wearing masks took over Niagara Falls during the long weekend
Visitors of Niagara Falls did not let the spread of COVID-19 stop them from enjoying their long weekend.
Instead, photos and videos of crowds swarming the ever popular Clifton Hill have already begun circulating on social media and let's just say the global pandemic did not seem to be on people's minds as they celebrated Labour Day.
This was so crazy 😭 I did not get to enjoy Clifton Hill Niagara falls because of the crowds of people! 😭💔 pic.twitter.com/EZMJXaUaIn— amanda coffell (@AmandaCoffell) September 7, 2020
Despite the large number of people taking in the city's tourist attractions, many did not appear to be wearing face masks.
Others also seemed to be ignoring physical distancing guidelines which include avoiding large crowds and keeping 2 metres away from those outside your bubble.
Canada looks great but how about some Social Distancing at Niagara Falls? pic.twitter.com/3faaiEFfgk— Steve D. (@stevdi1) September 8, 2020
This is not the first time mass crowds have been an issue at Niagara Falls since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, similar videos and photos emerged during the long weekends in May and July.
Yea I went to Niagara Falls this past weekend pic.twitter.com/NG3RzjLvdA— 𝝚Ⅼ ƶ 𝗥 𝗣. (@ElieP_) September 8, 2020
As a result, visitors and residents have called on government officials to better enforce COVID-19 guidelines in the city, including closing off Clifton Hill to drivers to allow for more space to walk safely.
.@jimdiodati why isn’t the city making an effort to keep people social distancing on #cliftonhill? Video from THIS WEEKEND is INSANE. Niagara Falls will be a BIG reason Ontario starts trending up with covid cases. The crowds on the hill this weekend are unacceptable. Unbelievable— stanleyholmgrenmach (@thebluemedia) September 7, 2020
With cases in Ontario rising, Premier Doug Ford began the weekend by reminding people to practice social distancing as much as possible.
I want to wish everyone a safe and fun Labour Day weekend!— Doug Ford (@fordnation) September 5, 2020
Please enjoy the nice weather, but remember the golden rules: physical distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands.
We've come a long way, so let's keep it up!
The region of Niagara currently has 948 COVID-19 cases while Ontario sits at 43,161.
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