People wait in line to get into a walk-in test clinic for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Montreal on Monday, March 23, 2020. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
UPDATED 7:20 AM PT — Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Canada has increased restrictions on citizen movement in response to the coronavirus outbreak. On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced heightened measures at a press conference outside Rideau Cottage, where he has been isolating ever since his wife tested positive earlier this month.
During the conference, Trudeau took a harsh tone by noting no measures are currently off the table in the enforcement of orders barring citizens leaving their homes for non-essential reasons. He also hinted at the possibility of using police forces to enforce those restrictions.
The Canadian prime minister made the following remarks regarding those who are ignoring calls to stay at home:
“We’ve all seen the pictures online of people who seem to think they are invincible. Well you are not. Enough is enough. Go home and stay home. This is what we all need to be doing and we’re going to make sure this happens, whether by educating people more on the risks or by enforcing the rules if that’s needed. Nothing that could help is off the table.”
Trudeau has refused to use federal level emergency powers after citing concerns it would overstep the authority of the provinces.