Maskless throngs protest COVID-19 restrictions in downtown Barrie

More than a thousand people have descended on Meridian Place in downtown Barrie to protest COVID-19 restrictions, a day after the province announced heightened safety measures in the face of rising infections across Ontario.

Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada, was among those who addressed the audience.

Cheryl Browne, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance