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


A Quebec couple tried to skirt the provincial curfew, which allows for dog walking after 8 p.m.

Police say the husband was on a leash when they ticketed the pair $3,000

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

Quebec became the first province to enforce a curfew over the weekend to help curb the spread of COVID-19. More than 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 who weren’t complying with orders and were levelled with fines 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.

The couple received a $3,000 fine.

Walking of a pet is included in one of the acceptable reasons 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 found on the street after 8 p.m. without a valid 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.