Curfew ‘best of the worst options’ as COVID-19 maintains hold on Canada: experts


Canada’s biggest provinces face increasingly dire and dangerous circumstances as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.

Tightening the grip on pandemic controls is the next logical step. Quebec became the first to do so on Wednesday, levying a nighttime curfew.

In a province as inundated with cases as Quebec, experts say lowering the proverbial boom is to be expected, but a curfew is unlikely to be the panacea it’s looking for.

Countries, cities and states around the world have imposed curfews on residents and businesses to try to curb the spread of COVID-19, but its definition has varied.

In the United States, curfew measures in some states have been framed as a compromise between a full lockdown and keeping businesses open. In the U.K., a November nighttime curfew applied only to pubs and restaurants. In Australia’s Victoria, an August curfew echoed stay-at-home orders, leaving only essential trips exempt.

So, how much of an effect could a curfew have on an invisible virus that’s already spreading rapidly, day and night?

Experts agree it’s very hard to quantify.