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Province gives police more COVID-19 enforcement power

Waterloo Regional Police say they won't be conducting random checks
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Waterloo Regional Police crest. Erin Anderson/KitchenerToday

The provincial government announced further restrictions on Friday as COVID-19 cases and variants surge in Ontario. 

It includes an extension of the stay-at-home order and more enforcement power for police.

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said starting Saturday, police will be able to ask you why you're not at home and where you live.

"If you are not willing to comply, then you are breaking the law. And there is the option for a police officer to issue a ticket," said Jones in a news conference. 

Waterloo Regional Police have responded to the announcement.

In an online statement, police said they will not randomly stop people out walking or driving.

"As before, our initiatives will be both complaint driven or proactive, with the goal of gaining compliance. Those that refuse to comply will receive the appropriate penalty," said the police statement. 

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