OPP clarifies inter-provincial border crossing COVID-19 rules
Apr 19 2021
The pandemic restrictions imposed by Canada's most populous province immediately ran into opposition as police departments insisted they wouldn't use new powers to randomly stop pedestrians or motorists and health experts complained the rules focus on outdoor activities rather than more risky indoor settings.
The province announced a series of harsh new restrictions on Friday, including giving police the authority to randomly stop residents who are away from home and enforce the stay-at-home order.
Other new measures include further restrictions on outdoor gatherings and indoor religious services, while recreational facilities such as sports fields, playgrounds and golf courses are now closed.
Ford notes police officers and by-law officers will be given special authorities to enforce Ontario's stay-at-home orders.
The decision comes just hours after federal Health Minister Patty Hadju said Canadian provinces have the go-ahead to expand the AstraZeneca roll-out.
"While Nova Scotia isn't in a position to reallocate vaccines, I have asked our officials to consider what resources we are able to provide while continuing to keep Nova Scotian's safe", said Rankin.
Police will also now have the authority to ask anyone outside their residence to indicate their objective for leaving home and provide their address.
Politicians were among those denouncing the new police powers.
"We have to trust that people are going to be honest", he said.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement today during his virtual press conference, which was delayed numerous times. Social gatherings associated with the services are prohibited unless with members of the same household or one other person from outside the household who lives alone.
St. Thomas police said Saturday its officers will not stop people at random. "The reality here is that this will likely impact Black, Indigenous, and people of colour".
Lingering concerns with the border tied into COVID-19 had earlier forced PGA Tour officials and organizers of the RBC Canadian Open to cancel the event for the second straight year.
Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted, including stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies.
Set up check points at 12:01 a.m. Monday to restrict travel into Ontario from Quebec and Manitoba, with the exception of purposes such as work, health-care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services or exercising Aboriginal or treaty rights.
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 dearth of evidence playgrounds have been a transmission source.