A spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec confirmed to MTL Blog that the police force is prepared to use phone geolocation to find infected individuals who are not in self-isolation.\nThis method can only be used in specific circumstances, however.\nThe SQ will not track people to ensure their compliance with an isolation mandate.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nQuebec police are ramping up efforts to enforce social distancing and isolation requirements. A spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) confirmed to MTL Blog that the provincial police force is prepared to use cell phone geolocation to find people with COVID-19 who are not in isolation. But this measure could only be used in specific circumstances.\nFirst, the SQ would receive an emergency request from the regional public health service to locate an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.\nThe police would begin with attempts to find the person through regular means, the spokesperson says, including by calling their close contacts and visiting their workplace.\nIf those efforts are unsuccessful, the SQ would then make a request to the person's cell phone service to access geolocation information.\nHowever, police would have to demonstrate that they had already exhausted standard methods of locating the individual.\nTo date, the SQ has not had to use phone geolocation to find an infected individual.\nThe spokesperson further underlines that cell phone geolocation data would not be used outside of these circumstances. The SQ will not track people to ensure their compliance with an isolation mandate.\nBut the announcement nevertheless demonstrates the lengths to which police forces are prepared to go in the current situation.\nThe news also follows a request from Premier François Legault for police across the province to be "less tolerant" of social distancing rule-breakers.\n#COVID19Pour en savoir davantage sur la façon d’intervenir des policiers du #SPVM et connaître la façon de signaler une situation problématique qui va à l’encontre des mesures gouvernementales ➡ https://t.co/ne4GzR1mMV pic.twitter.com/khpp39W0Mu— Police Montréal (@SPVM) March 31, 2020\n"There are lives in danger, and if we continue to have rallies and businesses that operate when it is not essential, well [...] there will be deaths," he said Wednesday.\nAs of Thursday, Montreal police are increasing their presence in the city's major public parks after reports of public gatherings raised concerns about the spread of coronavirus.\nMayor Plante has threatened to close parks if residents do not maintain a two-metre distance from other people.\n"This is the last chance to respect public health rules before we close some parks," she wrote in her Instagram story Wednesday.\n#COVID19 Certaines personnes refusent sciemment ou par insouciance de respecter les mesures décrétées par le gouvernement. Des rapports d’infraction générale seront rédigés lorsque les policiers constateront des tels comportements et les contrevenants s'exposent à des amendes.— Sûreté du Québec (@sureteduquebec) April 2, 2020\n"When we take our individual responsibilities, we act for the common good."\nPolice are able to issue fines of between $1,000 and $6,000 to people who do not follow the rules.\nLe #SPVG émet un premier constat d'infraction en vertu de la Loi sur la santé publique. Après avoir refusé de collaborer, le locataire d'un logement de #Gatineau a reçu une amende de 1000 $ pour avoir tenu un rassemblement. #COVID19 https://t.co/uulygY56OQ— PoliceGatineau (@PoliceGatineau) March 25, 2020\nElsewhere in Quebec, police have already begun to hand out tickets.\nThe first apparent instance occurred in Gatineau, where police gave one resident a $1,000 fine plus administrative fees for hosting a gathering with friends in their home.\nStay tuned for more news.