SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Police in Surrey are shooting down some rumours making the rounds on social media.
Surrey RCMP Corporal Elenore Sturko says, no, police are not pulling cars over, checking the ID’s of the people inside, and giving out fines to people who aren’t from the same household, for not practicing social distancing.
“I can’t find any other police agency in the Lower Mainland so far that’s taking this kind of action but for us, Surrey, definitely we are not taking that kind of action,” she says.
“We do have a lot of stuff going on, that is not one of the particular things we’re going to be doing.”
Instead, Sturko says Mounties are keeping an eye out on businesses that are closed during the pandemic.
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“So we can do proactive patrols in areas where people’s businesses and other things are closed so that they don’t have to worry about that,” she explains.
Delta Police faced a similar issue misinformation about policing social distancing. That department has since said they are not giving out tickets for social distancing in vehicles either.