In joining with Peel police and Halton police, Hamilton police said that they would not be arbitrarily stopping vehicles and residents for the sole purpose of enforcing the current stay-at-home order.
Police say their enforcement approach will remain as it has for the past year, with a focus on community engagement and education.
“Enforcement efforts will be reserved for those who disregard attempts to reduce this disease in our community,” said police.
“Hamilton Police recognize that this has been an extremely difficult year. Many of us have made both personal and professional sacrifices to do our part in reducing or limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
Their statement comes after the province announced a slew of new restrictions on Friday, giving police across Ontario the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and purpose for not being at their residence.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger agreed with the decision not to randomly stop vehicles and residents during the stay-at-home order.
“Police stops as described are very problematic and not something I will support,” Eisenberger said.
The new restrictions also call for the closure of outdoor recreational amenities and restrict travel into Ontario from Manitoba and Quebec, among other restrictions.