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.
FYI #Bradford #Innisfil: Officers are not stopping cars to inquire about why people are out and where they are going. Please use reliable sources of information. We do want to remind everyone to maintain physical distance and #stayhome except for essential trips. #FlattenTheCuve pic.twitter.com/lPq2072AS1— South Simcoe Police (@SouthSimcoePS) April 2, 2020
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.”