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Whirlpool Rapids Bridge closed Saturday for peaceful demonstration

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 19:03:20-04

NIAGARA FALLS, CA (WKBW) — Starting at 11:00am on Saturday, June 6, the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge will be closed to all Canada and U.S. bound traffic. The closure, according to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, is to ensure the safety and well-being of Canadian citizens planning to peacefully protest against, "societal discrimination and in support of ongoing social justice reform."

Canadian demonstrators are expected to kneel along the sidewalk south of the Whirlpool Bridge facing the US to show solidarity with American citizens.

Essential NEXUS travelers who have been using the Whirlpool Bridge, are asked to use the Rainbow Bridge or Lewiston-Queenston Bridge for cross border travel for the duration of Saturday. A reminder, the border remains restricted to essential travelers only.

Following Saturday's closure, the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge will reopen to NEXUS ONLY essential travel. This is in compliance with government regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.