As part of his daily briefings, Quebec Premier François Legault said he is notifying police departments around the province to start cracking down on citizens who don’t respect physical distancing rules.
“The vast majority of Quebecers are respecting the guidelines and I’m very proud of Quebecers. However, it remains that there are people who are not respecting the guidelines,” said Legault in French. “Groups of people are gathering less than two-metres away. At some point, we need to put all the chances on our side.”
Legault said that as of today, police officers of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and local police will begin to be “less tolerant.”
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“Police officers will be handing out more fines and I repeat, they vary between $1,000 and $6,000 per person,” said the premier.
Legault said he is asking the mayors of major cities to enforce the guidelines with their respective police officers.
“There will be deaths, this is very serious,” he warned.
On Wednesday, the SQ announced it will be restricting access to certain regions throughout the province in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.
Quebecers are being asked to limit travel from one region to another unless absolutely essential. Necessary travel includes trips for medical reasons and for work when remote options/teleworking is not possible.
Police officers at the checkpoints will limit travel into specific regions throughout the province and only authorize access through means of “essential travel.”
On Thursday, the Quebec government announced three more deaths associated with coronavirus, bringing the province’s death toll to 36. Known cases in the province have increased to 5,518 and 69,024 tests have turned up negative.