Unmasked and unwavering as anti-lockdown protestors return to Meridian Place

Ontario reported its second-highest COVID case count in two months on Saturday

For the second Saturday in a row, anti-lockdown protestors held a rally in downtown Barrie. Unlike the last one, there were fewer people in attendance, and the weather was less than ideal with no sunshine and no spring-like warmth.

Anti-lockdown protest: Downtown Barrie

There was musical entertainment on the Meridian Place stage, while numerous children wandered about, entertained by several costumed characters, as colourful plastic Easter eggs lay scattered across the concrete in front of the stage.

Anti-lockdown protest: Downtown Barrie

One person in the crowd held a sign calling for the unmasking of children, while another walked with a sign that questioned what was in the COVID-19 vaccines.

Several police officers watched the rally on the sidewalk in front of the Cenotaph. Masked and bundled up against the cold wind coming off Kempenfelt Bay, an officer told Barrie 360 their role was to monitor the proceedings.

Anti-lockdown protest: Downtown Barrie

The demonstration took place on a day when Ontario marked its second-highest COVID-19 case count since early February with 2,453 new infections.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus in Ontario rose to 985, up from 913 on Friday.

The province’s positivity rate climbed to 4.8 per cent from 3.8 per cent a day ago.

Most of the new cases continue to be recorded in the Greater Toronto Area.