First night of curfew in Quebec marked by increased police presence and multiple fines issued

Last night, January 9th, 2021, the curfew in Quebec, Canada went into effect at 8 p.m.

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Last week, the Quebec government announced that it would be imposing a provincial-wide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and fines up to $6,000 for non-compliance. The curfew is set to last until at least February 8, 2021. 

On the first night of the curfew, the Montreal police (SPVM) early into the curfew was seen pulling over people driving, detaining, and ticketing people who were out past the curfew.

Media helicopters were also seen over the city looking for individuals who were out past the curfew. 

When the curfew went into effect, cable was cut and a government program played saying, “In order to save lives and diminish the pressure on our health care system, the curfew will start tonight. It is illegal for anyone to be out of their home from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Police surveillance will be increased.”

The government of Quebec also utilized its emergency response system and sent an emergency message to every phone within the province. 

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