Ottawa cops could have a much bigger presence on the metropolis’s seashores and parks, in addition to in areas of the downtown core, over the weekend in an effort to maintain a good cap on COVID-19 restrictions amid the primary few days of the provincial reopening.
Police, bylaw officers and OC Transpo particular constables could have stepped up patrols in high-traffic areas of the town together with the ByWard Market and downtown Rideau neighbourhoods.
The Ottawa Police Service mentioned in a press release it’ll take a “zero tolerance strategy to disorderly behaviours,” particularly citing Liquor Licence Act offences and different “felony exercise.”
Police shall be working with bylaw officers to implement limits consistent with Step 1 of Ontario’s provincial reopening framework, which permits for gatherings of as much as 10 folks outside. Patios are permitted to reopen at a capability permitting a distance of two metres between every desk.
Along with a stepped-up police presence, the town is clamping down on guidelines at Mooney’s Bay in mild of “ongoing points” on the well-liked seaside, in line with the ward councillor.
Mooney’s Bay will near the general public at 9 p.m. from Friday by means of Sunday — two hours sooner than different parks within the metropolis — as a part of a pilot venture to implement public well being measures on the web site.
River Coun. Riley Brockington mentioned he wrote to the town supervisor on June 7 asking for a plan to treatment an extended checklist of issues he’s noticed or heard from residents utilizing the park.
- Massive crowds, loud music within the park properly after 11 p.m.
- Rubbish and litter on the web site within the mornings
- Discharge of fireworks
- Canines within the space regardless of the designation as a no-dogs park
- Smoking on the web site
- Open consumption of alcohol and supply of alcohol to the park
- Public urination and an absence of open washrooms
- Congestion within the parking zone from autos improperly parked and rideshare drop-offs
- Backlog of autos onto Riverside Drive
Related points have been reported at Mooney’s Bay and surrounding areas again in April, prompting the town to contemplate earlier closure occasions for “problematic parks” throughout the town.
Critics have argued that rising police presence and proscribing entry to public areas will be dangerous to the unhoused and will contribute to the over-policing of Black and racialized residents.
Brockington advised World Information in an e-mail he has consulted with metropolis employees, bylaw, police, paramedics and the local people affiliation on an motion plan to handle the problems at Mooney’s Bay.
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