The Ontario government has introduced new public health measures in an effort to blunt the growth of COVID-19 and ease the strain on the province's health-care system.
Instead, police will only be able to stop people who they have reason to believe are participating in a - quote - "organized public event or social gathering".
The measures place more restrictions on outdoor gatherings, grant police new powers, and cap limits on the size of weddings, funerals, and religious services.
In a note to constituents, Jill Andrew, a New Democrat provincial legislator, said the measures show the Ford government is out of touch.
Authorities in Ontario, the most populated Canadian province, recently enacted pandemic-related restrictions that are so strict that not even law enforcement agencies are willing to enforce them.
The Ontario government announced Friday afternoon that police in the province would have the authority to stop anyone who is outdoors and demand their address and a reason why they were outside.
Yesterday, Premier Doug Ford extended the state of emergency at stay-at-home by two weeks.
Although police no longer have the power to ask anyone where they live and why they are not at home, advocates say the measures are still worrisome. It has since modified parts of that order relating to park playgrounds and policing powers.
On Friday night, Guelph police issued a news release saying they do not intend to conduct random vehicle or person stops.
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London Police Chief Steve Williams tweeted that police "will not be randomly stopping people".
"Let's be very real here: We are not going to police our way out of the pandemic", he said. "The reality here is that this will likely impact Black, Indigenous, and people of colour".
"Every individual who is required to provide a police officer or other provincial offences officer with information shall promptly comply", Warner said.
All non-essential workplaces in the construction sector are closed.
Big box stores can remain open, but at only 25 per cent capacity.
"We will have a presence at the interprovincial borders for Manitoba and Quebec and we will be ensuring that travel for non-Ontario residents trying to enter Ontario is essential", said Thomas Carrique, Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.
P.E.I. Premier Dennis King has asked health officials to undertake a scan of the province's current COVID-19 situation and determine if any health human resources could be sent to help Ontario.
"Today, on the 39th anniversary of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, I demand that Doug Ford reverse his unconscionable decision to inappropriately enlist Ontario's police services to do his dirty work", Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca said in a statement on Saturday.