Quiet day in London as law enforcement monitor Western homecoming


London, Ont., police say it’s been a quiet day so far in the university town known to host large parties on the same weekend each year.

Western University students usually celebrate a “fake homecoming” on the last Saturday in September, a tradition that’s been discouraged this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authorities say they’re monitoring to ensure provincial gathering limits are being followed among students at the school where at least 39 have tested positive for COVID-19 since classes began.

Const. Sandasha Bough says officers are on the streets near the university and as of shortly after noon on Saturday, only small outdoor gatherings had been observed.

City bylaw officers, who enforce gathering limits of 25 people outdoors and 10 indoors, are also patrolling the streets.

Social media posts from the city over the last few days have reminded people of possible fines up to $10,000 for hosting a large gathering and $750 for attending.