Police Investigating a Cough Attack at Market Square

Since Guelph started Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic re-opening plan, there have been a couple of disturbing incidents involving people coughing on employees in area stores. Now the trend has extended to re-opened City amenities with the report of an incident at Market Square from the weekend that someone intentionally coughed on a City of Guelph employee at the wading pool on Sunday.

In their daily media brief, the Guelph Police Service reports that they’re looking for a six-feet tall male with a tanned/sunburned complexion, short blond hair in a brush cut style, and dressed in orange and white short sleeved polo style shirt and tan or grey shorts. At around 2 pm, this unidentified person approached a City employee doing COVID-19 screenings at the pool, by-passed the line of people and coughed on the employee.

According to the City of Guelph, the employee is now being tested for COVID-19, and are self-isolating away from their children and their family until they get their test results.

There have been two other incidents of people coughing on unsuspecting employees in Guelph. The first was at Stone Road Mall just hours after Stage 2 began on June 12, and the second, was just last week at a shop downtown. Both of these incidents involved people being ask to wear masks, or to wear their masks properly, while inside the store. Guelph is one of the few municipalities in Ontario where wearing a mask is mandatory while visiting commercial establishments.

This weekend marked the first time that the splash pad at Market Square has been open this season. More outdoor aquatic amenities in Guelph parks will open next weekend, as well as the Guelph Farmers’ Market.

The investigation is ongoing, but if members of the public have any information they can get in touch with Constable Carson Skipper by phone at 519-824-1212 extension 7283, or by mail at cskipper [at] guelphpolice.ca. You can also leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS either by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or through their website csgw.tips.

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