The North Bay Police Service has confirmed that officers will be present at the planned “Freedom Rally,” currently scheduled to take place along the Waterfront in North Bay on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 12PM.
The North Bay Police Service became aware of information about the gathering, which had been circulated on social media sites.
Similar gatherings took place on March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1, and May 15, 2021.
There is currently a Declaration of Emergency and provincial Stay-at-Home Order in effect. Indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited except for weddings, funerals, or religious services, where attendance is limited to 10 people. The organizers of gatherings can be fined a minimum of $10,000 and attendees can receive a $750 ticket.
The North Bay Police Service has issued a total of 31 tickets and served 7 summons to individuals for violations of the Reopening Ontario Act in relation to previous gatherings.
The NBPS identified those involved using information gathered from observing the previous rallies. Members of the NBPS issued charges to individuals at their places of residence. The NBPS maintains this practice to ensure officer and public safety. Officers entering a crowd to lay charges risk physical confrontations and the spread of COVID-19 to police and members of the public.
The North Bay Police Service encourages everyone to follow the stay-at-home order and COVID-19 public health guidelines, including practicing physical distancing and wearing a mask.
More information about COVID-19 and how you can help stop the spread is available from Ontario’s Ministry of Health at www.Ontario.ca/COVID19