Public health officials recommend car rally attendees self-monitor for COVID-19


Public health officials say anyone who attended a car rally at an Ontario beach town this past weekend should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for Simcoe Muskoka Public Health, says it’s too early to know if there was any community transmission at the event in Wasaga Beach.

He recommends that anyone present at the rally be extra cautious because the event drew hundreds of people, many of whom did not observe proper physical distancing protocols.

If anyone who was at the event shows any symptoms, Gardner recommends they get tested and self-isolate.

Police officers had to close the town of Wasaga Beach to non-residents on Saturday after hundreds of car enthusiasts gathered over the weekend.

Ontario Provincial Police say 11 tickets were issued in connection with the event for violating the Reopening Ontario Act.

OPP also say they issued 172 tickets for things like speeding, dangerous driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and careless driving.

According to police there were 14 cases where cars were removed from the road for being unlawful or unsafe.