Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

A Huge Crowd Gathered On Mount Royal & There Were Almost No Masks In Sight (VIDEO)

Organizers are asking all attendees to get tested.
Staff Writer
A Huge Crowd Gathered On Mount Royal & There Were Almost No Masks In Sight (VIDEO)

A huge crowd gathered on Mount Royal over the weekend for an Occupy the Hood demonstration. Flouting health and safety recommendations, many of the participants were photographed without face coverings and not maintaining the required two metres of distance from other attendees. Now organizers are asking everyone who went to get tested

On Instagram, Occupy the Hood explains that it "[funds] non-profit organizations of our community through fundraising & peaceful demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality in Canada."

Editor's Choice: McGill Was Just Ranked #78 Best University In The World While Concordia Ranked In The 600s

Its "rules of conduct," outlined in a July 29 post, state that masks are mandatory.

For the party on Sunday, August 16, featuring some top DJs like Kaytranada, several hundred people gathered to enjoy the music.

While the government has spread the message that public gatherings and small-scale festivals of up to 250 people are allowed, social distancing is still a requirement and public health officials strongly recommend wearing a face covering when distancing is difficult.

MTL Blog reached out to Occupy the Hood regarding the situation but hasn't yet received a response. This article will be updated if we do.

Twitter users reacted to the news and expressed their disappointment at the lack of social distancing. Others encouraged attendees to take precautions.*

DJ Gayance, a participating artist at the event, has asked everyone who attended to stay home and get tested.

MTL Blog reached out to three of the participating DJs for comment and will update this article when they reply.

Photos and videos shared with MTL Blog by attendee Ranjit Oberoi (vegan__as__fvck on Instagram) show the size of the crowd.

[rebelmouse-image 26883748 photo_credit="vegan__as__fvck | Instagram" expand=1 original_size="750x1151"] vegan__as__fvck | Instagram

On Wednesday morning, Occupy the Hood posted an Instagram story asking everyone who attended to "be responsible and go get tested."

[rebelmouse-image 26883749 photo_credit="vegan__as__fvck | Instagram" expand=1 original_size="750x1125"] vegan__as__fvck | Instagram

The Government of Quebec writes on its website that public event organizers "should take measures to inform participants that they should maintain such a distance from any other person or gathered households."

Editor's Note: A video associated with this story was removed for not meeting MTL Blog's Editorial Standards.

NOW WATCHQuebec Just Released Its Plan For A Potential Second Wave Of COVID-19

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.

Loading...