Ontario considering implementing curfew similar to Quebec’s, sources say
Jan. 11, 2021
Government sources tell Global News that Ontario is considering implementing a curfew similar to the one in Quebec.
The government is reportedly considering having the measures in place from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. It would mean that most residents could not leave their properties during that time.
In Quebec, a curfew came into effect on Saturday with violators facing fines of up to $6,000. It’s set to remain in effect until Feb. 8. There are exemptions for essential workers, people walking their dogs, and a few others.
Am emergency broadcast was sent throughout Quebec ahead of the curfew that read in part: “Citizens are prohibited from leaving their homes or yards between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., under penalty of fines. Police surveillance has been increased.”
Quebec Premier Francois Legault said the curfew is necessary to discourage mass gatherings which he said contribute to the spread of COVID-19.
On Friday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said “everything is on the table” when it comes to new efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“We will have to look at more extreme measures,” Ford said.
Sources said the government has previously considered a curfew, but ultimately decided against it. It is unclear what decision will be made this time.
Meanwhile, Ontario is also expected to release updated COVID-19 modelling on Tuesday, which Ford said Friday would be a “wake up call.”
“When you see the modelling, you’ll fall off your chair,” he said.