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ONTARIO: Video showing large crowds and long lines in Niagara Falls causes outrage

Images of packed Clifton Hill emerges day after record number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario
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The video shows a crowded Clifton Hill and was uploaded to Youtube on Tuesday night. Photo: Amusement Insiders/Youtube

THOROLD - A YouTube-video showing a crowded Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls is causing online outrage over lack of social distancing and proper safety measures.

The video was posted to the website on Tuesday evening and shows large crowds gathered outside Niagara Falls attractions on Clifton Hill in seemingly tight line-ups for attractions and vendors.

Few people appear to be wearing masks on the video, and no markers or signage for proper social distancing are shown on the video.

"This right here is exactly why cases are climbing in Ontario," said the narrator in the video, who also questions why Canadas Wonderland was not allowed to open up since they have a mask requirement, in contrast to Niagara Falls that does not require a face covering.

The video was posted on Tuesday by the channel 'Amusement Insiders' and had racked up over 16,000 views by noon, Wednesday.

On Twitter, several users expressed outrage over the images and called on Premier Doug Ford to intervene.

Although Clifton Hill is open, some Niagara casinos have decided to remain closed, while reviewing safety measures ahead of Stage 3 of the provincial reopening, coming into effect in Niagara on Friday.

Thorold News has attempted to seek comment from Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati.

His office said he was unavailable for the rest of the day.

On Tuesday the province recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases since June.