Planned protest outside of RVH in Barrie today

Patients and visitors planning to go to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre should be aware a peaceful protest has been organized outside of the hospital today (Sept. 13).

What is being called a ‘silent vigil’ has been planned at various hospitals across the country by an organization named Canadian Frontline Nurses. They are meant to show their disagreement of public health measures being used to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The protest is expected to take place at 2 p.m.

Hospital spokesperson Donna Danyluk said patients should not be alarmed, but should give themselves extra time to get inside for their appointments this afternoon.

In a Tweet, Barrie police said they are aware of the protest and will have officers there “to ensure hospital operations are not affected and the safety of the public, hospital staff, patients and visitors is maintained.”

Both the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and Ontario Medical Association issued a statement that is “strongly condemning” the planned disruptions.

“We respect democracy and the rights of people to protest but these must not be held anywhere where they block entry and exit to health-care facilities, especially access for emergency vehicles or patients seeking emergency care,” they said in a joint statement.