Poll: Majority of Canadians would support nighttime curfew

Poll: Majority of Canadians would support nighttime curfew

More than two-thirds of Canadians say they would support a curfew if the COVID-19 pandemic became serious enough, and public health officials were to recommend it, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, found that 67 per cent of Canadians would back a temporary nighttime curfew - 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. - to curb viral spread in dire circumstances.

Fifty-five per cent of respondents aged 18 to 34 said they would support a curfew, while three-quarters of those aged 55 and over endorsed it - including 80 per cent of those over 65.

Two out of three respondents between the ages of 35 and 54 also took to the idea.

Canadians in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec were less supportive of the concept, with fewer than two-thirds of residents there giving the thumbs-up, the survey found, while well over 70 per cent of respondents in B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces said they would back a curfew.

Curfews are already in place in some nations, with the Dominican Republic having a strict evening curfew that has been in place since March. Coronavirus statistics for the nation show that after the curfew's implementation, cases actually spiked. In addition, over 50,000 Dominicans have been arrested under the curfew violations laws.

Discussion about a mandatory curfew have sparked concerns from some homelessness advocates, who state that such measures would make life impossible for homeless Canadians who have no where else to go when shelters are full.