One other comment from the police officer: he expects most of their enforcement effort will go toward gatherings and (I think he said but the radio was fuzzy) workplace/business infractions, which makes sense. He said there won’t be any additional officers deployed in Peel Region so this will be on top of their usual duties. In other words, we’re still relying on people to do the right thing. Meanwhile, a Caledon distribution centre - unnamed but possibly Amazon or Canadian Tire - has had 198 cases so far. I hope someone is working on that.
Did he say anything about jumping in a car and drive some distance for exercise, like a conservation area for a run/hike or Highlands/Hardwood. It goes against the spirit of stay at home but if it can be done in a safe and isolated way?
No one asked that question and the regulations don’t address that. In his announcement, the premier just said it was OK to walk around the block, with or without a dog. I have the impression that such an outing might be level 5 intensity for him.
There was a discussion on this in the Bruce Trail Facebook group. There were dissenters but the majority believed they shouldn’t drive beyond their community to exercise.
Based on the way the officer answered other questions, there is no enforcement measure to prevent someone from driving to exercise but if exercise were available locally, the trip would not be considered essential. Because XC skiing is often not available locally, I’m not sure how they would interpret that. I suppose that if someone were deemed to be the source of an outbreak in a different region, charges could be laid after the fact for making a non-essential trip. This is as new to the police as it is to us, so they don’t really know what might happen.
Personally, I am considering it for the future with the thought that if I leave my region, it’s my responsibility to be insanely cautious - and I was already very cautious. Highlands now has a rule that you need to be masked within 50 m of the chalet, and they already had strict rules. The main risk is a car accident enroute, which could put you in a hospital outside your region. Ethically, that’s the main issue I struggle with.
Today's Globe editorial makes sense. Going out isn't the real problem. It's going *in*. (And not everyone has a choice about that.)https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials...
I’m not Ford’s biggest fan, but he’s doing this right:
He booted out an MPP from caucus who was spreading misinformation.https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/york-roman-...