Sinthia Hoque:-The stay-at-home order which has recently been extended to six weeks until May 20th has received widespread backlash accords the province, just a day after the government out stricter restriction on the order. The order was put in place Wednesday, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the number of daily injections.
Just yesterday, police were given the power and were permitted to not only stop pedestrians on the streets but as well those in cars, to ask for their identification, their address and their reason for being out of their homes. If it seemed that they were not complying with orders they may be fined.
Though Toronto Police Chief still urges the public to abide by the stay-at-home order and to only leave for essential needs, due to the backlash from the public and others, they are no longer permitted to stop cars, enter homes to check if residents are abiding by the order or compel anyone outside to provide a reason for being outside of their homes.
However if officers find “probable grounds to suspect someone has violated” a public health order, they are by law permitted to ask for identification, those who refuse to comply may arrested or charged with obstructing a police officer.