Mayor Wayne Redekop addresses eclipse closure concerns

Fort Erie is ready for a historic event today: a total solar eclipse that will plunge the town into darkness for nearly four minutes.

“We’ll have the greatest total eclipse right here in Fort Erie,” said Mayor Wayne Redekop yesterday in an interview with CP24.

The influx of visitors expected for the eclipse has prompted Niagara Region to declare a state of emergency.

“I can understand why,” said Redekop. “It’s really to make sure that they can deploy the resources necessary as required in the event something occurs.”

The mayor likened preparations to something more familiar to Fort Erie.

“This is very much like preparing for a winter storm,” he said. “We don’t know how long it will last, we don’t know the intensity.”

He acknowledged potential concerns about restrictions during the event.

“I understand that people are concerned about their rights,” he said. “But they really look to government when worse comes to worst and an emergency arises.”

To ensure a smooth experience for residents and visitors, the Town of Fort Erie has designated specific viewing areas.

“We have set up a number of locations that are large areas with clear visibility of the sky,” he said. “To accommodate people, we’ve got additional washroom facilities available. We’ve got additional Wi-Fi capacity, as well.”

A list of town preparations, closures, and restrictions can be found here.

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