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Some anti-lockdown rally attendees 'disrespectful' to Uptown Waterloo businesses

Tracy Van Kalsbeek, the executive director of the Uptown Waterloo BIA, said it's frustrating to see rallygoers disregard steps taken by businesses to reopen
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Over the last several weeks, Waterloo Town Square has been the location of anti-lockdown rallies.

This past Sunday, the area saw likely the biggest rally so far, which also saw the leader of the People's Party of Canada make an appearance.

With businesses in Uptown Waterloo looking to reopen this Friday, some frustration is being expressed by the Uptown Waterloo BIA.

Our Uptown businesses have worked hard and invested so much time and money into making their spaces safe for their staff and customers," said Tracy Van Kalsbeek, the executive director of the Uptown Waterloo BIA.

"The majority follow public health safety protocols and hope to open this Friday or soon thereafter and stay open.  It is frustrating for them to see people disregarding the steps they are taking to do this."

"Some of the rally attendees have visited nearby establishments and when asked to adhere to protocols, some rally attendees have refused and been disrespectful."

Meantime, Uptown Waterloo has released its patio map for 2021, with patios allowed to reopen as of 12:01 a.m. Friday.

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