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Old Port of Montreal introduces midnight curfew starting Thursday

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WATCH: The Old Port of Montreal will be closed from midnight to 6 a.m. starting Thursday. The move comes as the area has been hard hit by gun violence and protests in recent weeks. Global's Brayden Jagger Haines reports – Jun 3, 2021

The site of the Old Port of Montreal will be closed from midnight to 6 a.m. starting Thursday.

The Old Port authority made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday evening. Signs marking the opening hours were put up overnight.

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All activities, shops and restaurants on the site will have to close their doors as of 11 p.m.

The move comes as the area has been hard hit by gun violence and protests in recent weeks.

“We want people to respect our sanitary measures. We want people to respect the rules of the site. We want to make sure the acts of last weekend don’t happen again,” said Jean-Philippe Rochette spokesperson for the Old Port Authority.

On Saturday, a young woman was shot in the foot when caught in the crossfire of a fight in the area that left a 19-year-old man stabbed in his upper body.

Both victims were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident happened near the Clock Tower Quay where thousands of people were gathered in celebration of the city’s second night with no curfew.

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For Old Montreal resident Shawn Cote, the curfew may help some residents sleep better at night but he says people are tired of restrictions.

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“I think we need to adapt how things reopen. There should be a balance instead of closing things off completely,” Cote said.

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Montreal police in collaboration with park security guards will enforce the regulation, Rochette said.

Old Port officials say the curfew will be in effect until further notice.

“We are going to evaluate this on a daily basis and as soon as we find it necessary were going to resume normal activities,” Rochette said.

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