Preventative measures put in place against Ezra Avenue street parties

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After an alleged bomb threat that referred to Ezra Avenue in an online post, countless pleas over social media for students to participate in social distancing, and a letter from president and vice-chancellor, Deb MacLatchy, asking students “to do the right thing” this St. Patrick’s Day, it seems that the infamous Laurier street party may not occur this year.

In 2019, the crowd was up to 33,000 people but numbers on the street today appear to be minimal.

Police officers, security, blockades and emergency vehicles are stationed along Ezra Ave. to restrict people from entering and gathering in groups.

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There are yearly attempts made by the city and university to scale back unsanctioned street gatherings, with added measures being put in place this year to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Claims from some residents have surfaced on Twitter stating that they are prohibited from leaving their homes and are being told that they aren’t allowed to play music.

More information to come. 

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