Hamilton Police Response to Stay-at-Home Order
Hamilton Police recognize that this has been an extremely difficult year. Many of us have made both personal and professional sacrifices to do our part in reducing or limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
On Friday, April 16, 2021, the Government of Ontario introduced new Stay at Home legislation aimed at curbing the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19. This legislation provides police with additional authorities under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and included the authority to stop and question citizens for the sole purpose of enforcing this order.
Hamilton Police Service members remain committed to providing the highest quality of policing services and want to assure Hamilton citizens that our members will not be conducting arbitrary vehicle and person stops for the sole purpose of enforcing the Stay-at-Home order.
Police play a role in helping to keep our communities safe. Our enforcement approach will remain as it has for the past year. We will continue to focus our efforts on community engagement and education to gain compliance. Enforcement efforts will be reserved for those individuals who disregard attempts to reduce this disease in our community.
We can not do this alone. We need everyone to do their part and stay at home unless leaving for essential purposes.
Hamilton Police Service will be reviewing the new regulations when we receive them and prior to any change in our enforcement strategy, we will notify the public on how we plan to implement the new provincial orders.
We are all in this together.