The prime minister of Canada signed a new bylaw allowing a fine of up to $5,000 for two or more people who do not stand two meters apart in parks and public squares, enforcing physical distancing.
This would not apply to anyone living in the same household, and the new bylaw enforcement will be effective immediately.
On Thursday,The prime minister of Canada said that the measures will be put in place for the next 30 days to “drive home the message that people have to keep their distance to avoid the spreading of COVID-19.”
The prime minister of Canada said that law enforcement will be patrolling the streets to educate individuals who are in violation of physical distancing measures.
“This is a deadly virus and we have seen a surge of cases in places like New York City. We must do everything we can to stop the spread in the weeks and months ahead,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
He added that the all provinces: Ontario, Prince Edward Island,Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba,Nunavut will be doing an ongoing enforcement blitz in parks and public spaces to ensure residents are following the law.
“The spread of the virus and the amount of time we have to keep up with all the measures, all of this is in our hands. As soon as we comply with these measures, the sooner we can make it through this challenge together. Please stay home, stay safe, and take care of each other,”.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Provinces are enacting enhanced measures to “aggressively halt” the spread of COVID-19, and that physical distancing will continue for the next 12 weeks.
The measures are in place to reduce the number of deaths, protect the health care system, and ensure that the economy can rebound more quickly.