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Quebec couple fined for breaking curfew after wife walks husband on a leash

Last Updated Jan 12, 2021 at 3:55 pm EST

Morning walk with dog (black labrador retriever). Young man is training his puppy walking on the leash.

A Quebec couple got creative in an attempt to skirt new provincial curfew measures, though they were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts to trick the police.

This weekend, Quebec became the first province to enforce a curfew to help curb the spread of COVID-19, which led to over 200 tickets issued by police handed to people found not complying with the health and safety measures.

A husband and wife from Sherbrooke were among those found not to be in compliance and were levelled with fines. This despite claims from the wife that she was just walking her dog.

Police say that the husband was on a leash when they ticketed the pair though there was no dog to be found. The couple received a $3,000 fine.

Walking of a pet is included as one of the province’s acceptable excuses to be out of the house during curfew hours, unfortunately for the couple a human being cannot legally qualify as a pet.

Under the new restrictions anyone who is found on the street after 8 p.m. without a good reason will be subject to a $1,000 to $6,000 fine.

The provincial curfew in Quebec went into effect Saturday and begins nightly at 8 p.m until 5 a.m. the following morning.

Premier Doug Ford is announcing further lockdown measures for Ontario on Tuesday but confirmed that a province-wide curfew will not be happening.

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