Police aren’t pulling you over for driving around during COVID-19 pandemic

"We are not conducting 'specific' COVID-19 related stops,"

The South Simcoe Police Service is trying to correct a rumour floating out there: police will not pull you over simply for driving around while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

“We are conducting ‘normal’ traffic enforcement and stopping violators as we have always done,” says SSPS Deputy Chief Robin McElary-Downer, “We are not conducting ‘specific’ COVID-19 related stops,”

The Province of Ontario recently put in place a number of restrictions as part of its Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, including a cap of five on the number of people who can gather at any time, along with the closure of non-essential businesses. It does not currently restrict travel within the province.

Even though police will not pull you over simply for driving around during the pandemic, Deputy Chief McElary-Downer says officers will try to educate the public on alternatives to travel. “Where the opportunity arises however, we are educating community members on the COVID-19 emergency orders and encouraging voluntary compliance.”