Mayor John Tory is urging Toronto residents to not rush to shops to purchase non-essential objects this weekend amid stories of enormous crowd scenes at malls and different retail retailers.
“All the things that I’ve realized.. says that crowd scenes are a spot the place the virus spreads. Even when everyone seems to be sporting a masks on the malls, it’s nonetheless a risk,” he stated.
“Please keep residence. Folks do not should buy groceries. Some folks do for necessities however they do not all should go for that at this time… I feel plenty of the purchasing being carried out isn’t important.”
All non-essential retail shops will likely be pressured to shut at 12:01 a.m. on Monday as Toronto and Peel Area head right into a 28-day lockdown, just like the one applied within the spring.
Curbside pickup and supply will nonetheless be permitted in any respect retail shops.
Gyms can even be pressured to shut as soon as once more and eating places will solely be permitted to remain open for takeout and supply.
Lineups shaped exterior large field shops, together with a number of Walmart places in Toronto, on Saturday with prospects noticed stocking up on bathroom paper and different home goods.
In anticipation of upper volumes of customers, some malls within the GTA have prolonged their working hours this weekend.
Tory stated whereas this weekend’s purchasing frenzy might result in additional unfold of the virus, the province was in a troublesome place.
“You’re type of damned in the event you do, damned in the event you do not, to be frank. When you had simply closed every little thing down Friday at midday, or every time the premier made the announcement, then folks would have stated you gave us no warning,” Tory stated.
“That is a good remark. There would have been no warning. We gave a while, the premier did, to let folks prepare for this… There isn’t any good reply. Everyone did what they thought was the perfect in all the circumstances.”
The mayor stated the response to the lockdown has been “blended.”
“I feel that folks typically are very supportive of what must be carried out they usually perceive that we’re setting up these restrictions and recommending them to the province based mostly on skilled recommendation,” he stated.
“I feel in addition they do agree with the notion that if it’s going to make issues higher down the street a number of months, and keep away from a a lot worse lockdown for a for much longer time period, and if we are able to maintain the faculties open now and defend our aged, this can be a factor which may be needed.”
He acknowledged that companies “will not be blissful,” and understandably so.
“They’ve been by a horrible, horrible time and they will undergo one other 28 days of a horrible time at a time of the yr when issues might need been way more buoyant due to Christmas, due to Black Friday,” he stated.
“However in the long run, it’s a must to have wholesome staff to have a wholesome economic system.”