There was a flurry of posts on social media on Sunday afternoon as shoppers caught sight of OPP officers stopping vehicles to speak to drivers. The Review received reports from shoppers that vehicles with Québec license plates were being turned away. But that was not the case. The Review contacted the Hawkesbury OPP earlier this week to confirm the reason for the police presence at the big-box retailer location last Sunday.
On Sunday, January 10, Hawkesbury OPP officers were responding to calls from concerned individuals in reference to a great presence of out-of-province vehicles at the Hawkesbury Walmart parking lot. On site, officers spent time talking to people and educating them about the health rules. This was not an enforcement matter, according to the OPP, who were primarily discussing and educating and reminding the public about the importance of following the recommendations issued by health officials in each province. The OPP reported that people were very receptive and cooperative and understood the reason for attending and encouraging them to abide by all current regulations.
The OPP strongly encourage people to abide by all current regulations and the recommendations from health officials.