On Jan. 8, 2021, the Canadian province of Quebec initiated a COVID curfew preventing people from leaving their homes after 8 pm unless of course, they are walking their dog. Apparently, dogs protect people from catching COVID after 8 pm.
But the silliness doesn’t stop there. In December, the Calhoun family who live in Montreal, Quebec received permission from the New Brunswick government to travel to that province to provide care for their ailing father, 77, who was living alone and in and out of hospital.
They were intending to return to Quebec on Jan 2, 2021, but it was delayed when their vehicle had problems and required parts to be ordered in from outside of Canada. The family, who was travelling with three small kids, decided to rent a car and return home on Jan. 8, 2021, the day the Quebec government initiated its 8 pm curfew.
They were intending to be back before the 8 pm curfew hit, but travelling with three small kids derailed those good intentions.
Global News explains what happened next:
A Montreal family that was on their way back from New Brunswick says they were unfairly given over $3,000 in tickets on the first night of Quebec’s COVID-19 curfew.
Quebecers are no longer allowed to be outside between 8pm and 5am, but there are a few exceptions.
“Thirty one hundred dollars is not peanuts when you have three children,” says Melissa Calhoun, who lives in Dollard-des-Ormeaux in Montreal’s West Island.
In an effort to justify what happened, a spokesperson for the Quebec government stated the family needed to provide good justification for why they were breaking the curfew to avoid being ticketed.
Sadly, all of this silliness could probably have been avoided if they had only taken a dog on the trip. READ: Chris Selley: No reason to trust Quebec’s new curfew will work, or end any time soon
This is not the first time Quebecers have had run-ins with Quebec’s bizarre lockdown rules, as Montreal litigator Viva Frei explains: