Majority of Canadians in recent poll support stricter COVID-19 lockdowns, hefty fines for rulebreakers
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Fifty per cent of Quebec respondents said they would favour restrictions limiting outdoor activities to no more than one hour per person per day. Forty-four per cent supported disallowing children to move between the homes of separated parents.
People surveyed for the poll also supported a number of restrictions already in place in many of Canada’s largest provinces. Most supported shuttering restaurants with the exception of takeout (78 per cent), and closing non-essential office spaces (71 per cent).
Following the recent move by the Trudeau government to force all incoming travellers to prove negative COVID-19 tests before entering Canada, 89 per cent of respondents said they supported such a measure.
That policy has been heavily criticized by Canadian airline companies and industry associations, who warned the move would leave Canadians stranded. WestJet barred at least 32 travellers from flights Thursday, when the new measure came into place, including 10 people returning to the Calgary airport via Cancun, Mexico.
The survey results come as new cases of COVID-19 in Canada have been rapidly rising, particularly in the two largest provinces of Quebec and Ontario.
As of noon on Friday, Ontario added a total of 4,249 new cases over the last 24 hours, for a total of 208,394 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 175,309 cases have been resolved in the province, and 4,882 people have died.
Quebec added 2,588 cases over the last 24 hours, for a total of 223,106. A total of 189,937 people have recovered, and 8,606 people have died.
Maru/Blue surveyed 1,505 randomly-selected Canadians on Jan. 6. The poll is nationally accurate to within plus or minus 2.9 per cent, using a Bayesian credibility interval.