[EN DIRECT] Curfew: citizens arrested will have to prove that they have the right to move

[EN DIRECT] Curfew: citizens arrested will have to prove that they have the right to move

The citizens who will circulate during the hours of the curfew will have the responsibility to prove to the police officers that they have a good reason to circulate outside, specified Thursday the Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault.

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The employer of workers deemed essential, for example, could provide a document attesting to the legitimacy of the trips. An individual who has to go to the pharmacy to get a drug could keep the bill. In all cases, the police will show “judgment” and “discernment”, promised Minister Guilbault.

“The curfew will not change much for citizens who were already following the instructions,” she noted.

Already, Prime Minister François Legault confirmed on Wednesday that recalcitrant could face fines ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 6,000. Exclusions are provided by the government in certain situations deemed “essential”, where people can waive the curfew.

In particular, it will be possible to go out to walk your dog. The Minister also recalled that the curfew should not prevent anyone who wants to leave a violent living environment.

“The curfew should especially not prevent you from leaving a living environment which is violent and which endangers your safety or that of your children,” she insisted.

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