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The new restrictions are very frustrating in Canada’s most populous state

TORONTO (AP) – New epidemic restrictions imposed by Canada’s most populous province came into immediate conflict on Saturday as police said they would not use the new powers to accidentally stop motorists from setting up.

The government of Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford announced on Friday that it was giving police the authority to demand that anyone who was not at home explain why they had come out and provide their address. Tickets can be booked.

But at least a dozen forces across the city of Ontario, including the capital Toronto, said there would be no accidental stops of people or cars.

“We are all going through a terrible year of COVID-19, we are all connected to it. “(Section) will NOT accidentally stop vehicles during or after the epidemic,” wrote Halton Police Chief Steve Tan.

The new rules restrict outdoor gatherings in the same households, on nearby playgrounds, and on golf courses. The decisions were widely criticized in the already blocking state. Restaurants and gyms are closed, as in a classroom school. Most of the unnecessary employees work from home.

Ford complained about crowded parks and playgrounds, but Friday’s new conference did not mention needed jobs, such as factories where the virus spreads.

“What we need. Restrictions on internal communication, support for key frontline staff, paid hospital leave, and vaccine revitalization for communities affected, ”wrote Toro Cress, a Toronto City Council member.

“What we got. Closing the outdoor facilities we need to keep people safe and healthy. ”

“I still have to intubate a COVID patient who became infected while on the playground,” wrote Dr. Ian Preyra, who works at Ton Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ontario.

“The warehouse worker, the truck driver, the construction worker, none of my COVID patients got it in the park today. They are angry, they have no voice. Shame, ”wrote Dr. Aman Sidhu, a Toronto lung doctor.

Dr. Andrew Morris, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Toronto, said the closure of playgrounds and other outdoor recreation facilities would “harm children and their families whose well-being we have already damaged by forcing them to close schools.”

He complained that the new rules did not provide paid sick leave or improved protection for key workers, although they did allow police to “target whoever they want to harass them to ensure they are properly outside their home.”

“It does not affect a white boy like me. This will target key employees մարդկանց racialized people. “This is what people talk about when they describe systemic racism,” Morris wrote in a weekly e-mail to followers.

“I am absolutely disgusted, like all my colleagues.”

Ontario reported 4,362 new infections on Saturday, with a hospital record of 2,065 people receiving COVID treatment. It asked to send nurses and other health workers to other states.

Vaccines have risen in Canada, with more contagious variants in Ontario leading to a third wave of infections.

Ford said the lack of vaccines necessitated new restrictions.

Prime Minister Just Astin Trudeau announced on Friday that Pfizer would double its vaccine shipments to Canada next month, in May-June by millions more than expected.

It is expected that every competent Canadian will receive at least one shot by July.

A few days ago, Ontario simply closed the schools, insisting for weeks that they were safe. ) The new order of closing the playgrounds upset the parents.

“The cognitive disagreement between the Minister of Education insists that schools are safe and then playgrounds are closed,” said Jim im Vlahos, a 44-year-old Toronto-based father of two.

“There is no reason to close the door.”

Golfer Owen Holiday said he was very excited, especially for seniors who do sports.

“With all the protocols, prepaid reservations, closing of club houses, masks, if you sit with someone outside the house, there are no gatherings without training, golf is as safe as it can get,” he said.

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