Police in no rush to enforce stay at home order in Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford had promised increased surveillance of police and government inspectors, reiterating that Ontarians should limit their travel to essentials, such as groceries, pharmacy and medical appointments.

He added that “bad citizens” would be fined if they did not respect the order to stay at home.

However, the City of Toronto says it lacks information to enforce the new restrictions. Once we have received the new provincial regulations, our officials will study them and provide a detailed update., explains a municipal spokesperson.

The Toronto Police Service refused to comment on the situation and referred Radio-Canada to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, to whom we have not been able to speak at this time.

In Peel Region, one of the other areas with the most COVID-19 cases in Ontario, police say each situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If we get a call about the order [de rester chez soi] and / or rallies, sanctions will be a possible option. However, each call will be handled individually.

Sarah Patten, spokesperson for the Peel Regional Police

For its part, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) says the issue is still under investigation.

We are in the process of finalizing our communications on how this will be applied and the impact on the public, specifies the spokesperson for the PPO, Carolle Dionne.

Same story from the Ottawa Police.

We are in the process of revising the province’s announcement. The Ottawa Police will continue to support Ottawa bylaw officers in the enforcement of all provincial orders related to the pandemic.

Amy Gagnon, Ottawa Police spokesperson

The government of Doug Ford did not release details of his executive order until Wednesday evening on the order to stay at home, which the Prime Minister had yet announced Tuesday by promulgating the state of health emergency.

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