As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many places around the world are introducing tougher restrictions in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus.
In Quebec, Canada, a four-week-long curfew has been implemented, which requires residents to stay in their homes from 8pm in the evening until 5am in the mornings.
As with all restrictions, there are a few exemptions to the rule – for essential workers who need to travel and also for those who need to walk their dogs.
One woman reportedly attempted to use the latter exemption for her own benefit on Saturday evening, shortly after the curfew came into effect.
Local newspaper La Tribune reports that a woman was fined after being stopped on King Street East in Sherbrooke, walking her partner on a leash.
They claim the woman told police she was just out “walking her dog”.
Isabelle Gendron, of the Sherbrooke Police Department, told the publication: “The couple did not collaborate with the police at all.
“Statements of violation of the municipal by-law were given to them. The lady affirmed that she would not pay the ticket and even that she would accumulate them.
“The amount of findings for recidivism can go up to $6,000.”
An extract from the La Tribune article was shared on Twitter where it quickly went viral, garnering hundreds of retweets and likes, as many people praised the couple’s “creativity”.
One person wrote: “Is this real life. Woman issued a fine in Sherbrooke, Québec, for walking her boyfriend on a leash after curfew. (there’s an exemption to curfew for those walking their dogs).”
Another commented: “This absolutely made my day.”
A third said: “It’s creative.”
Someone else replied: “Walk your bf all you want. In your home after curfew.”
“I have to confess, it’s kind of funny,” added a different user.