Toronto police Chief Bill Blair is admitting there never was a five-metre rule that had people fearing arrest if they strayed too close to the G20 security perimeter.

Civil libertarians were fuming after hearing Friday that the Ontario cabinet gave police the power to stop and search anyone coming within five metres of the G20 fences in Toronto for a one-week period.

However, the Ministry of Community Safety says all cabinet did was update the law that governs entry to such things as courthouses to include specific areas inside the G20 fences — not outside.

A ministry spokeswoman said the change was about property, not police powers, and did not include any mention of a zone five metres outside the G20 security perimeter.

Premier Dalton McGuinty still hasn’t explained why cabinet passed the regulation change in secret, and then keep it secret.