Yes. Wait, no. Yes?
In this week’s Opinion piece, Mark addressed the current legality of riding a motorcycle following the announcement that new restrictions would be put in place by the Ontario government. Well, the rules changed. And then, they changed again.
Premier Doug Ford announced late Friday afternoon that Ontario was extending the state of emergency and stay-at-home orders by an additional two weeks, as well as placing restrictions on interprovincial travel. As case counts continue to soar out of control, new restrictions were also placed on recreational activities, including playgrounds and golf courses. The new directive was, if it isn’t essential – stay home.
Perhaps the most egregious and controversial moment came as Ford announced that police would be given authority to stop pedestrians or vehicles to ask why members of the public have left their residence, and request ID to prove their home address. Theoretically, taking your kids to the park, playing tennis, or just going for a motorcycle ride to clear your mind could land you a hefty $750 ticket.
In response to the vague and questionably unconstitutional new authority given to officers, some police forces asserted that they did not intended to make use of these new powers. So, without the support of public opinion, or the police forces that would be enforcing these rules, the provincial government backtracked on the measures that they had announced less than 24 hours before.
So, contrary to what we said just four days ago, you could have potentially gotten a ticket for riding your motorcycle if the officer in question deemed that your intentions were non-essential. But evidently, this is seemingly not the case now.Apparently you’re now free to take your kids to the park and perhaps also go for a ride on your motorcycle, but only if deemed essential?
We’ll do our best to keep you updated, but it appears that things are changing far too rapidly to keep up. Perhaps you’ll also want to consult your local news sources.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. Big box stores are allowed to stay open, so if you are feeling lonely or sad, you are free to visit your local Walmart or Costco to mingle in close proximity with hundreds or thousands of strangers without recourse.