A married couple has engaged in a very bizarre act in an attempt to get around the Covid curfew.
The husband and wife were reportedly not cooperating with police, when they were stopped on the streets of Quebec, after the curfew.
A curfew has been imposed in Quebec, from 8pm until 5am, and there are few reasons as to why you’re allowed to leave your home.
The couple were reportedly stopped by police at around 9pm.
When the police stopped the couple in Sherbrooke, the woman told police she was “walking her dog”, according to La Tribune.
It seems the woman was referring to her husband, who was on a leash at the time.
Walking your dog after curfew, so long as it is near your home is fine — putting your partner on a leash and saying you are walking your dog, is not.
The couple was fined $A1565 each for not abiding by the curfew, the BBC reported.
However, speaking to La Tribune, Isabelle Gendron from the Sherbrooke police said the woman was defiant and said she would not pay the fine.
The couple reportedly tried to claim they were following the rules.
Quebec goes into lockdown, hospitals at risk of being ‘overwhelmed’
The curfew in Quebec took effect last Saturday night and was implemented in hopes of curbing Covid infections within the Canadian province.
“This is a difficult decision I made to curb the spread of the virus,” Premier Francois Legault said of the curfew in a Facebook post.
“The main reason for curfew is to prevent gatherings, even the minimal ones.”
There are exceptions for essential workers, people walking dogs, and those who have medical reasons to be out, such as a doctor’s appointment.
To allow for workers to get home before the curfew, grocery stores and convenience stores must close by 7.30pm, however stores connected to petrol stations are allowed to stay open.
The curfew comes as Quebec’s Covid-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, with hospitals saying they are filling up and risk becoming overwhelmed.
“The situation is critical and a shock treatment is needed,” Legault said in a Facebook post earlier Saturday.
“Our hospitals are filling with Covid-19 patients. Hundreds of people are in intensive care, fighting for their lives. Tens of people die every day.”
There have been nearly 680,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Canada since the start of the pandemic and some 17,250 deaths.
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