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More than 100 students attend house party in Waterloo’s University District: police

Police say more than 100 people were dispersed from a house party in Hickory Street in Waterloo. File / Global News

On the eve of the school year, Waterloo Regional Police say they had to break up a large house party in Waterloo’s University District on Monday night.

Police say that more than 100 students had to be dispersed from a house on Hickory Street West at around 10 p.m.

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They say Waterloo bylaw officers charged three people under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

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Students from both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University reside in the University District of Waterloo.

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Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky told Global News he was disappointed to hear about the party.

“It’s disappointing to see some people are not taking the risks of large gatherings seriously during the ongoing pandemic,” Jaworsky said.  “As outlined by our Chief Medical Officer, your actions matter and your choices will make a difference in reducing the spread of COVID-19.”

The region’s top doctor also expressed her disappointment over Monday’s gathering and said students should be aware of how their actions will affect others.

“For new and returning university students in our region, you are all a valued part of our community. As a community member, your cooperation and the continued adherence to public health guidelines will ultimately influence whether our local businesses and services remain open,” Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Waterloo Region’s acting chief medical officer, said.

She also noted that students from outside the region should be aware that face coverings are required in enclosed spaces throughout the region.

Classes began at the University of Waterloo on Tuesday.

The area has become notorious for parties over the years, especially the annual St. Patrick’s Day party on Ezra Avenue, which has seen up to 30,000 people attend.

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