Anti-maskers plan to stage a no mask shopping experience at Walmart
A Walmart in Halifax is preparing for an anti-mask protest expected to take place at the store on Friday night.
Word of the protest began circulating on social media following a post that encourages people to shop at the Halifax Shopping Centre location between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday without a mask.
Police are working with Walmart staff to plan for what might happen during the "no mask shopping experience."
People in #Halifax, what’s the story about the planned anti mask protest at @Walmart tonight? Do these “activists” have a website or page where they are “planning” this “demonstration”? pic.twitter.com/vOwkiplEzW— Jordan - Nighttime Podcast (@NightTimePod) October 9, 2020
"We are aware that there was some posters placed on social media for folks, that's where we became aware of it," John Macleod, public relations officer at the Halifax Regional Police, told Freshdaily.
"We've reached out to [Walmart] to see if there is anything we can do to help or if there is anything in particular that we can do. They've looked into what they need to do to meet regulations and what's expected of them."
In terms of what needs to be done if the protest does take place, Macleod said that the only thing police can do now is to wait and see.
"What it comes down to is, quite frankly, we'll have to wait and see what happens depending if anyone, indeed, shows up and we'll have to look at what the circumstances are to determine what actions may be necessary."
Many online have taken the opportunity to poke some fun at the protesters.
Walmart should close for the day and throw a wrench into the protesters plans— David (@dmkinnon) October 9, 2020
"I'm sure they’ll have their hands full with all six protestors," someone else wrote.
Anti-maskers should be deported to America— 𝐉o 🇨🇦😷🌊𝘽𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙃𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙨2020 (@JustJoanne66) October 9, 2020
In Nova Scotia, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces. Walmart also implemented its own mask policy, requiring face coverings for all employees and customers.
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