Letter: People congregating outside grocery and liquor stores are creating a health hazard

To the Editor:

It’s not giving anyone a great deal of faith or confidence with this  “social distancing” in Thompson when we and our families and friends who are trying very hard to do the right thing are subject to very drunk, abusive, obnoxious, spitting groups outside of grocery stores and the mall.

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The city has been turning a blind eye to this for years. Well now this grouping up as they do every single day could very well be the start of something we can’t stop. They are not complying. They are on private property. The RCMP needs to get them off of these properties. The RCMP are armed. These security guards don’t stand a chance. It’s become a serious matter with this COVID-19!

Do something mayor and council and don’t ask what, it’s your job to figure something out!  Did the premier not put into effect a state of emergency requiring mandatory social distancing? Why are we allowing this grouping to continue? It’s now against the law, for crying out loud.

Maybe you should check social media at this point. I’ve been here 45 years and never been this worried or upset.  

I would like to challenge our premier to come up with a way to allow our RCMP to remove and keep incarcerated those who congregate at the doors of our malls and at the new liquor store for at least 14 days. They are breaking the law and putting our whole town at risk, thumbing their noses at you and your state of emergency which many are too intoxicated to understand or care about. This is a state of emergency to those of us who have to shop for our families. The whole scene is so unsanitary that if even one of these people get COVID-19 we are all in deep trouble! Something must be done!

Carolyn Cantrell-Turpie

Thompson

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