The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assures the public that essential travel between Ontario and neighbouring provinces will be permitted, despite new measures created to help limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said police will also have the authority to stop a vehicle and inquire about an individual's reason for leaving their residence.
Civil libertarians, and pundits have attacked new anti-pandemic restrictions announced Friday by Ford as misguided. This included enhanced enforcement measures for police officers.
Ottawa police say they will have checkpoints set up on a 24-7 basis on the Ontario side of the Champlain, Portage, Chaudière and Macdonald-Cartier bridges, as well as the Quyon and Bourbonnais ferries.
When they are followed, the public health measures work.
"Let's be very real here: We are not going to police our way out of the pandemic", he said.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford 's government announced Friday it was giving police authority to require anyone not at home to explain why they're out and provide their address.
Regarding the new police and bylaw powers, Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman told BarrieToday he has not yet discussed the plan with the local police officials.
"We have to trust that people are going to be honest", he said.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the new measures on Friday, but revised them the next day following public backlash. Residents who live alone and caregivers are free to socialize with one other household.
Earlier on Friday, the Ontario Science Table, which includes the province's scientific and health experts, said vaccinations are not reaching people at high-risk fast enough to prevent the unsafe impact on Ontario communities and hospitals.
The Ottawa Police Service stated in a news release: "The OPS will not be conducting random stops".
Failure to provide the information can lead to fines or charges.
All non-essential construction projects are being halted, along with outdoor leisure activities, such as golf, tennis and basketball.
The OPP has also stated they will be stopping vehicles at border checkpoints in their jurisdiction, and enforcing the new limits prohibiting the use of outdoor recreational facilities and limiting outside gatherings to household members only.
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.
Yes. Capacity at supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, and pharmacies will be capped at 25 per cent.
"Ontario has the capacity to vaccinate more people, but we are lacking the supply to do it", Ford's spokesperson said.