British Columbia police say there are “exceptions” to the implementation of travel-restricting obstacles

Vancouver — British Columbia Solicitor said this week the government will release details of what it considers to be an essential trip as the state is considering using obstacles to limit the spread of COVID-19. Stated.

Mike Fernworth described checkpoints as a type of “counterattack” often used to find drunk drivers, but this time it meant discouraging recreational trips outside human health authorities. did.

Fernworth said at a press conference Wednesday that a “complete and comprehensive” list of what would be considered an essential trip would be released later this week.

His comment comes when the Police Federation issues a statement that there are “grave concerns” about police participation in the implementation of the COVID-19 ban on non-essential travel.

A statement by Federal President Brian Sorve said that asking police to force obstacles puts more pressure on limited resources and exposes police officers to additional risks and potential COVID-19 infections. Said.

“Equally important is that we continue to strengthen and build relationships with vulnerable and racial communities. The ambiguity and potential negative impact of these orders risks reversing this progress. There is, “he said.

He also pointed out a similar attempt in Ontario where the state had to retreat its enforcement measures.

Officers were initially empowered to stop pedestrians and drivers, ask why they were out, and request their home address.

But on Sunday, the Doug Ford government restricted police to stop those who had reason to believe they were attending an “organized public event or social gathering.”

Ontario police said they did not intend to exercise new powers prior to the reversal.

Sauve said police services had taken “abnormal measures” to deny the order.

“They are not willing to act on the increased powers commonly found in police states for Ontario police officers, and by doing so, now in a particularly vulnerable and racialized community. I explained in uncertain terms that it would undermine fragile public trust, “he said.

British Columbia reported 862 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths on Wednesday, killing a total of 1,546 people since the pandemic began.

According to a joint statement by the Minister of Health and state health officials, the vaccine has been administered more than 1.4 million times.

British Columbia people currently over the age of 30 are eligible to enroll their vaccine in an age-based vaccination program.

Hina Alam