Victoria Day was celebrated today across Canada with various precautionary regulations on large congregation as the country battles Covid-19 and its variants. Victoria Day often referred to, as May 2-4 weekend was not celebrated last year because of the pandemic.
During visits to outdoor venues in Niagara region, residents were seen enjoying the warm weather of about 25 degrees Celsius.
Sunset Beach St. Catharines
The popular Sunset Beach attracted beachgoers as usual. They spaced out in compliance with social distancing requirement. Security officials were seen talking to some patrons at the beach.
Parking in the neighborhood of the beach is daunting on busy holidays.
Cars parked illegally on Lombardy Ave were ticketed. The City of St. Catharines has stepped up efforts to combat overcrowding, illegal parking, inappropriate behavior and littering.
The municipal administration will charge $3-per-hour to park at beach lots with non-extendible three-hour limit between June 2 and September 30.
Lakeside Park Beach Port Dalhousie
Beachgoers were having fun at the Lakeside Park Beach, Port Dalhousie.
Shrink-wrap boats were seen at the lighthouse.
As part of the celebration of Victoria Day some landmarks are illuminated with Purple, color of royalty.
Ontario has a Stay-at-Home order until at least June 2.
The Provincewide-Stay-at-Home Order recommends that residents only go out for essential reasons. Both indoor and outdoor gathering are limited to only people within same household. The order discourages non-essential travel or visiting of other regions. Face masks are mandatory in all indoor spaces.
This year’s Victoria Day celebration is different from the previous year because of availability of vaccines. Available statistics from the Public Health Agency at the time of filing this report showed about forty-five percent of the population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. About four percent of the population is fully vaccinated.