It’s been a busy weekend for police in Ontario. On Saturday night Wasaga Beach was shut down by officials, after hundreds of people gathered for an unsanctioned car rally.
Hundreds of people flocked to the Ontario town this weekend for an unauthorized car show, which featured vintage and modified vehicles.
While local authorities were already on high-alert ahead of the rally, they described the situation almost impossible to contain.
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According to a report from CTV News, the crowds became so large that provincial police actually moved to shut down the town.
Wasaga Beach was closed to visitors and non-residents, and officers were reportedly checking ID’s before allowing entry into the area.
In an attempt to control the crowds, the OPP used cruisers and non-lethal weapons.
Prior to Saturday’s rally, the OPP called in extra officers from York and Peel Police. Speed bumps were also installed in the local parking lots in an attempt to deter drivers from attending the event.
This follows a similar event in Ancaster last week, where a huge “impromptu car show” attracted around 500 vehicles.
Both events occurred after Premier Doug Ford slashed the outdoor gathering limit to just 25 people, a move intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
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