Anti-lockdown protestors returned to Queen's Park on Saturday (PHOTOS)

May 17 2020, 9:00 am

As the province continues to lift its various health and safety measures gradually, anti-lockdown protestors in Toronto show no signs of slowing down.

A large number of activities returned to Queen’s Park on Saturday to protest Ontario’s various closures and restrictions surrounding COVID-19. It is the fourth weekend in a row that protestors have gathered at this location.

The City of Toronto issued a media release on Saturday emphasizing the necessity of maintaining physical distancing over the Victoria Day long weekend.

“Physical distancing remains crucial as Toronto Public Health continues to report new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto,” the release reads. “While healthy residents are encouraged to get fresh air and exercise, provincial orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect, requiring people who are not from the same household to maintain a physical distance of two metres in a park or public square.”

It continues that the COVID-19 Enforcement Team is continuing its efforts of educating residents of the various bylaw and provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders. Still, the team has already issued 106 tickets related to the utilization of amenities or congregations in parks or squares and has spoken to nearly 3,000 people regarding the various requirements in place.

However, protestors still gathered over the weekend to express their disapproval for a myriad of topics ranging from coronavirus lockdown measures to vaccinations to gun control and more.

Signs declaring messages such as “GOVERNMENT IS NON-ESSENTIAL,” “NO MANDATORY COVID SHOTS,” and “I HAVE AN IMMUNE SYSTEM” along with many others were seen in images posted to social media.

As of May 17, there are currently 22,653 confirmed known cases of coronavirus in Ontario. Of these cases, 934 people are currently in hospital, with 171 in intensive care.