The Barrie Police Service acknowledges that over the past several weekends, protests against COVID restrictions have taken place in Barrie. Our officers have been present and have monitored the situation to ensure public safety.
With the recent provincial Stay-at-Home order, rising COVID case numbers, and increasing pressures on hospitals locally and across Ontario, it is now more important than ever to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect the health of ourselves, our loved ones, and our community members.
While we recognize the right to participate in demonstrations, we are requesting that people abide by and respect provincial orders and public health guidelines that have been implemented to protect everyone, and refrain from gathering.
Outdoor organized public events are restricted to essential purposes and are limited to 5 people. Where necessary, the Barrie Police Service is committed to ensuring that provincial orders are followed, and community safety and public health measures are respected.