Quebec and Ontario impose travel restrictions to slow surging COVID-19 variants

Quebec and Ontario impose travel restrictions to slow surging COVID-19 variants

"Where a police officer or other provincial offences officer has reason to suspect that an individual may be participating in a gathering that is prohibited... and believes that it would be in the public interest to determine whether the individual is in compliance with [the law], the officer may require the individual to provide information for the goal of determining whether they are in compliance", the new regulation states.

Police in cities across Canada's most populous province on Saturday refused to carry out the provincial government order that allows them to make random stops to impose a stay-at-home order as COVID-19 cases soar.

Police officers, special constables and First Nation constables can stop vehicles to ask why someone is leaving their home.

Give police and provincial offences officers the power to question people gathered in public groups. The municipal force tweeted that it will "not be randomly stopping people or vehicles". "Enforcement will continue to be complaint-driven and proactive, with the goal of gaining compliance", said Chief Jim MacSween.

The added police powers aimed at enforcing stay-at-home orders, they said, were overkill.

Police in Cobourg and in Port Hope have not issued statements on whether or not they will be conducting random stops.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced new extreme public health restrictions that tightened existing restrictions and enacted new, even stricter COVID rules.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association welcomed Saturday's reversal.

Politicians were among those denouncing the new police powers.

But experts said Ford had missed the mark on key drivers of the pandemic, including a lack of paid sick leave for essential workers and a dearth of evidence playgrounds have been a transmission source. "Black, Indigenous and racialized people know check stops and carding will target them, because it always has".

"We're trying to plan this in a way that [the interaction at the border] is going to be a short conversation", he said.

"Now let's have a discussion on other outdoor amenities as well", Brown said.

He did not say what those measures would be or when Islanders can expect them.

Starting on Monday, April 19, there are further capacity limits for weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies.

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