Officials urge bikers to sit out traditional Friday the 13th motorcycle rally
PORT DOVER, Ont. -- Local and provincial officials are calling on bikers to sit out their traditional Friday the 13th pilgrimage to Port Dover, Ont., because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hordes of motorcyclists typically descend on the beach town every Friday the 13th, with provincial police regularly reporting upwards of 100,000 attendees.
The mayor of Norfolk County, where Port Dover is located, says she knows that the motorcycle rally is important to the community, but that going ahead with it would put the area at risk.
Kristal Chopp says that if people don't sit out this event, it could lead to a spike in cases that would force the province to put further public health restrictions on the area.
The Friday the 13th rally isn't a formal event, so the county isn't able to "cancel" it, but officials note that they've taken steps to discourage attendance, such as refusing to grant permits to vendors.
Premier Doug Ford says he understands that thousands of people were looking forward to the rally, but that this year, it's just not feasible.
"Folks, we just can't have thousands of people getting together right now," he said on Thursday. "It's just way, way too risky."
Provincial police have also sent out a reminder about current public health restrictions imposed by the province.
They say that the area is currently classified as a "yellow" zone by the province, so anyone who "must" attend the rally should familiarize themselves with the rules.
"Please make sure you always wear a mask, sanitize your hands and remember that if you are outside there is to be no more than 25 people in a group," police said. "If you are indoors, that means no more than 10 people at any given time."
- Ford calls emergency Friday meeting with health officials over hospitalizations
- Man arrested for alleged assault during rally in Brampton
- Justin Trudeau to Attend She the North Rally for Bianca Andreescu in Mississauga
- Health officials announce additional restrictions in Peel amid second wave of COVID-19
- COVID-19: 151 new cases in Ontario as premier looks to limit gatherings to 5 people or less
- Pilot for new CBS medical drama spotted filming recently in Mississauga
- Mississauga men celebrating big lotto wins as the machine froze
- Sikh, Hindu dispute over Indian politics boils over in Brampton
- The Cake Boss is coming to Canada with a brand new location in Mississauga
- Loopholes still allow international travellers to "collect your luggage and leave" at Pearson Airport in Mississauga