Jennings Street in Halifax was blocked by Halifax Regional Police this afternoon as Dalhousie students partied on Homecoming Weekend. One sign at the scene read, “Relax, we are double vaxxed.”
Video from the scene shows large numbers of students on front porches, lawns and the street. Reports are at least one person was arrested and one taken from the scene on stretcher by ambulance.
“While we have all been looking forward to getting back together this year and understand the desire to socialize with friends, we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with rising case numbers, and large student gatherings on or off campus pose a significant risk to our community, to our neighbours, and to each other,” said Frank Harvey, Dalhousie University Provost in an e-mail to students.
“In recent years, large gatherings on Jennings Street and other neighbouring streets have gotten out of hand and have become a safety concern for the students involved as well as for families and individuals living in the community.” said Harvey in the e-mail.
Dalhousie asked students who consider attending the unsanctioned events, to consider the safety of themselves, their friends and neighbours as well as other ways to celebrate.