Between 100 and 200 people assembled at the North Bay Waterfront Saturday afternoon for a demonstration protesting COVID-19 restrictions.

“I’m here to show my support for small business and to protest our corrupt government officials who are propagating this upon us whether they know it’s good for us or not,” said Dom St-Jean, while holding a bullhorn.

Gatherers congregated around the gazebo at the waterfront, with some holding signs showing messages of “end the lockdown” and “freedom”. Ages ranged from children to senior citizens.

People could be seen hugging and shaking hands, with few wearing face masks.

North Bay police patrolled the road area nearby, but no officers were present for the gathering.