Hamilton, Ontario,

Hugs Over Masks Protest at City Hall

Hamilton Police have charged Hugs Over Masks protesters after an event that took place in the front of Hamilton’s City Hall.

On Sunday, May 9th, 2021 at approximately 12:00 p.m., Hugs Over Mask protesters attended the forecourt of City Hall to protest current COVID restrictions.

All individuals involved were not wearing a face covering.

The City of Hamilton By-Law Enforcement and Hamilton Police attended the event and confirmed that the individuals were in violation.

Hamilton Police are reminding the public that participation in such events could result in charges being laid pursuant to the Reopening Ontario Act.

Residents are encouraged to stay at home when ill, maintain a two metre distance (six feet) from others, wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible, wash hands frequently with soap and water, and cover coughs or sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue to help stop the spread of COVID-19.