Big and small police forces across the province, however, said they had no intention of exercising their new-found powers.
"Police will also have the authority to stop a vehicle to inquire about an individual's reason for leaving their residence", Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones explained.
The new health order also significantly empowers police to enforce the restrictions, essentially allowing police to stop people without cause or reason. The OPP's jurisdiction includes provincial highways and many municipalities without their own police services. The new restrictions across the province come after months of unheeded warnings from health experts.
He complained the new rules don't create paid sick leave or improved protections for essential workers even as they allow "police to target whomever they choose to accost them to ensure they are appropriately outside of their home".
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The OPP issued statements on social media and to the press about the new measures Friday night, stressing that under the updated orders, police had "the authority to ask individuals and motorists who are not at home their goal for leaving home and to provide their home address". It has since modified parts of that order relating to park playgrounds and policing powers.
London Police Chief Steve Williams tweeted that police "will not be randomly stopping people".
But the Golf is Calling movement suffered a major setback when Ontario premier Doug Ford pushed a new order into effect in the country's most populous province - one that closes golf courses and a number of other outdoor activities as of Saturday. Outdoor gatherings are restricted to members of the same household - though people who live alone can join another household.
Peel Regional Police also released a statement saying officers will not be doing random vehicle stops.
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All non-essential workplaces in the construction sector are closed.
Grocery stores and similar retail settings that permit in-store shopping will be limited to 25% capacity, likely to bring a return of last spring's lengthy lineups.
On Friday, Ontario announced it was tightening and extending its lockdown orders to curb the pandemic, including closing its inter-provincial borders to non-essential travel.
"Today, on the 39th anniversary of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, I demand that Doug Ford reverse his unconscionable decision to inappropriately enlist Ontario's police services to do his dirty work", Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca said in a statement on Saturday.More news: COVID death toll passes three million as India cases surge