"It's not the party weekend it's been in the past": Ford tells cottagers ahead of Victoria Day

May 7 2020, 10:51 am

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that the upcoming May long weekend will not be a “typical” one for cottagers, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the province.

On Thursday, Ford said that he understands cottage owners want to check their property but emphasized it will “not be the typical May 24 weekend. Don’t bring a whole whack of people. It’s not the party weekend it’s been in the past.”

Ford said for cottagers to bring their own supplies and to “follow the rules.”

“Follow the same rules that have been going on across the province. No matter what jurisdiction you’re going into, that’s the most important thing,” Ford said.

“There will be many more weekends to go up there and have a good time.”

While Ford acknowledged that the mayors in cottage country have the “right to make their own rules” he asked them all to work together and collaborate during this unprecedented time.

The premier said he spoke with all the mayors on Wednesday, during a 90-minute conference call, to discuss the best protocol as the cottage season approaches.

On Monday, Ford said that while ensuring physical distancing in cottage country is the right move during the pandemic, if the cases continue to decrease by the holiday there is only “so long you can hold the gates back.”

Victoria Day lands on Monday, May 18 this year.