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Strong Winds Didn't Stop the Freedom Rally in Woodstock on Sunday

About 75 people attended the Freedom Rally against COVID-19 public health restrictions in Woodstock Sunday.

WOODSTOCK - About 75 people attended the Freedom Rally against COVID-19 public health restrictions in Woodstock Sunday.

That total is far fewer than the 200 in St. Thomas the day before. For the most part, residents listened to the advice of elected officials and didn't join the march. 

Held in Woodstock’s Museum Square, the rally attracted anti-vaccine, anti-lockdown, anti-mask and religious groups, for nearly two hours of speeches and a march through the downtown core. At one point, you could see multiple protestors huddled underneath a tent during the height of the storm. 

Woodstock police say the event remained peaceful. Most of the businesses in the downtown area were closed during the event for safety reasons. Several other businesses in Woodstock closed in solidarity with the downtown businesses as well. 

The Woodstock Police Service are actively investigating any infractions related to COVID-19. One warning was issued for an infraction contrary to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
 

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