Coronavirus: Video shows large crowds and little physical distance in Niagara Falls

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A video taken at Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls last weekend shocked some YouTube viewers as large crowds and long lines are shown at city attractions with few people within a physical distance in the middle of the persistent coronavirus crisis.Comments made on the Amusement Insider YouTube channel, which featured the video shot by Niagara Falls resident Cole Morningstar, sparked outrage.

“It drives me so crazy” and “It’s a shame I can’t believe people do this” were some of the comments made.

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The video appears to show little about the province’s social distancing guidelines among crowds gathered in an area near the Niagara Sky Wheel, Niagara Speedway, and Dinosaur Adventure Golf.

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The video, posted Tuesday, garnered more than 80,000 views on Wednesday evening.

“I’m hoping people start wearing masks at this point where there are huge lines and people aren’t six feet tall,” said Morningstar, who shot the video around 9 p.m. Saturday night. “I can understand people saying it’s outside and the wind is moving and everything, but, if you’re still that close.”

Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati told Global News the exhibit was the “first busy weekend” the city has seen since Ontario put the Niagara region to Stage 2.

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“We now know that we have to manage the outer space in the same way, with diligence, education and awareness,” Diodati said. “Businesses across the region are coming together to bring ambassadors outside who will hand out masks, spray disinfectant, and educate people the right distance.”

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Diodati went on to say that the ambassadors will be very visible and engaged. They are expected to be on Clifton Hill and a number of other city attractions in the coming days.

Not all attractions in Clifton Hill have opened in Stage 2. Diodati said some of the city’s casinos have decided to remain closed. However, many are expected to open as the region moves to Stage 3 this weekend.

Niagara Falls in one of the many municipalities in the Niagara region that has yet to take a stand for or against mandatory headgear in indoor public spaces.

Most councilors are waiting to be informed of a possible bylaw encompassing the entire Niagara region, which is before regional council Thursday evening.

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St. Catharines, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Hamilton and Burlington are neighboring municipalities that have adopted mandatory facial protection measures in recent weeks, requiring the general public to cover their faces in indoor public spaces like retail and grocery stores, city facilities and on public transportation.

Ontario reported 165 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 38,107.

The death toll in the province rose to 2,755, as two new deaths were reported.

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Wednesday’s report said the majority of new cases were from Windsor-Essex with 39 cases while Ottawa recorded 33 new cases.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are a few things you should know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people can develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic diseases such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop any symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible, and maintaining a distance of two meters from other people if you go out. In situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend using a face mask or non-medical blanket to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or masks are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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