The majority of law enforcement agencies in Ontario, Canada, say they will not enforce new COVID-19 restrictions that prohibit people from leaving their homes for unauthorized reasons and allow police to randomly stop and question citizens.
A total 39 of the province's 45 police departments made similar statements, indicating that they would not enforce the new rules announced Friday by Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
"Moving forward, police will have the authority to require any individual who is not in a place of residence to, first, provide their purpose for not being at home and provide their home address," said Jones. "Police will also have the authority to stop a vehicle to inquire about an individual's reason for leaving their residence."
Jones also encouraged residents to "snitch" on their neighbors.
In response to defiance from law enforcement, the Ontario government announced that it would be rolling back some of the most strict provisions of the new restrictions, set to end May 20.
A spokesperson for Sylvia Jones also said that enforcement measures have been "refocused."
🔦 Ontario, a province with more than 13 million residents, had 19 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday.