Husband on leash breached Quebec's Covid curfew

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2021

Quebec police issued 750 tickets over the weekend as an 8pm curfew, the first of its kind in Canada, went into effect.

"Our focus is on continuing to work with the federal government's national operations centre and the Public Health Agency of Canada to support the government's COVID-19 vaccine implementation plan", she added.

Walking your dog after curfew, so long as it is near your home is fine - putting your partner on a leash and saying you are walking your dog, is not.

When the police stopped the couple in Sherbrooke, the woman told police she was "walking her dog", according to La Tribune.

During a phone call with Daily Hive, a Sherbrooke police spokesperson said the couple "was happy to receive" a curfew infraction after not collaborating with local authorities.

The couple was fined $A1565 each for not abiding by the curfew, the BBC reported.

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Under the new restrictions anyone who found on the street after 8 p.m. without a good reason will be subject to a $1,000 to $6,000 fine.

Quebec is wrestling with more than 2,500 COVID-19 cases a day, a surge that threatens to increase hospitalizations beyond their spring peak in the next few weeks.

The wife reportedly told police she was just out "walking her dog" near their home.

The province imposed a curfew starting Saturday and extended an existing lockdown through Feb 8 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as it worked to speed up a vaccination campaign to counter soaring cases of COVID-19.

There have been almost 680,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Canada since the start of the pandemic and some 17,250 deaths.

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