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Aylmer, Ont., declares state of emergency ahead of anti mask protest

The declaration was made as a result of the potential for civil unrest and service disruptions

November 3, 2020  The Canadian Press

AYLMER, Ont. — The town of Aylmer, Ont., has declared a state of emergency ahead of a planned protest against COVID-19 restrictions on Nov. 7.

Mayor Mary French moved the town of nearly 7,500 people to high alert on the afternoon of Nov. 2.

Aylmer police said the step was taken in anticipation of an “anti-masking freedom march.”

The declaration was made as a result of the potential for civil unrest and service disruptions related to the planned protests and demonstrations.

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French said in a statement to the town that the state of emergency conveys the seriousness of the situation and will help the municipality access funding.

She also pointed out that it may help residents with insurance claims.