Two-thirds of Canadians would support a COVID curfew to curb spread of the disease

Young people were less sold on the idea of a curfew

If COVID-19 began to spiral out of control, more than two-thirds of Canadians would support a curfew, according to a new poll.

The survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found 67 per cent of Canadians would back a temporary nighttime curfew – 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – to curb the spread of the virus in dire circumstances.

Young people were the least sold on the idea.

Still, 55 per cent of respondents aged 18 to 34 said they would support a curfew, while three-quarters of those aged 55 and older supported the idea. The number soared to 80 per cent in the 65-plus age bracket.

Two out of three respondents aged 35 to 54 were sold on the idea.

Some European countries have imposed curfews, and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister recently floated the idea.

The least support for a curfew was found in Ontario, Alberta and Quebec, with fewer than two-thirds of respondents in those provinces giving the thumbs up.

More than 70 per cent of respondents in the Prairies, B.C. and the Atlantic provinces said they would back a curfew.