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Stratford Police reviewing evidence, pursuing charges after Sunday's anti-lockdown rally

The event went ahead despite condemnation from the mayor and other officials
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NEWS RELEASE
STRATFORD POLICE SERVICE
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April 26, 2021 - The City of Stratford and the Stratford Police Service would like to thank citizens for their efforts this past weekend, and over the last year, to keep our community safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, we took necessary steps to manage a planned public gathering in the city which defied the province-wide Stay-at-Home order currently in place. Those steps included mobile roadblocks and barricades at strategic locations, as well as a strong police presence.

Even before the event, City and police officials reached out to organizers in an effort to prevent the gathering from taking place.

While we were disappointed by the large crowd Sunday, which included many individuals from outside of our community, we are pleased that the vast majority of City residents appear to have stayed at home, and did not participate either directly or as spectators.

Our first priority during Sunday’s gathering was the safety of our community. Stratford Police are now reviewing evidence, and will be pursuing charges under the Reopening Ontario Act against organizers and participants.

It is important to note that our community has worked hard for more than a year to do what’s needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 here, and for that, we thank you.

Please stay safe.

City of Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson

Stratford Police Chief Greg Skinner

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