Although the cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, others are not giving importance to any of the regulations to curb down the spread. Some people are forming rallies and protests against the rules whom they consider as undermining their rights.
On the same day in which Alberta recorded its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases, a rally was also taking place in downtown Calgary to protest the government restrictions.
Hundreds of people participated in the protest Saturday afternoon as the province announced 1,731 COVID-19 cases and five new deaths connected to the virus had been reported over the past 24 hours.
The “Walk of Freedom” march started at the city hall and continued on to Stephen Avenue. Many of those who took part in the rally were not wearing masks. The demonstration went against the new measures announced last Tuesday, including limiting outdoor gatherings to 10 people.
Organizers of the protest stated that they want fewer government restrictions. The measures will be in effect for three weeks then re-evaluated.
The mandatory measures will place new restrictions on social gatherings, businesses, worship services, schools, and all Albertans. Many find these restrictions limiting and disrupting their daily lives.
Calgary police stated that officers were present at the location to monitor the event and participants “are being investigated.” The ticketing is carried out in a strategic manner and will take into consideration several factors.
The Calgary Police are responsible for enforcing mandatory COVID-19 restrictions. The service stated that its public health compliance team is focusing on mass gatherings, self-isolation, and quarantine and businesses that are not complying with the restrictions.
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