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TORONTO –
Toronto shoppers flooded stores and malls on Saturday as many tried to cram into last-minute holiday shopping before non-essential businesses shut down for nearly a month during the impending lockdown of the city

Toronto and the Region of Peel are heading for a lockdown starting Monday, which will shut down most non-essential businesses, including sit-down service at restaurants, gyms and hair salons Lockdown is expected to last for at least 28 days Hamilton, Durham and York are all placed in the province’s red zone

Queues at department stores stretched the length of Toronto city blocks Many said they were shopping this holiday season before retailers closed

Malls, including the Yorkdale Shopping Center and the Toronto Eaton Center, and many hair salons have extended their hours to meet the high demand

Toronto store owner Mimi Kypreos said she worries about an uncertain future next Monday

“It really rocked me because I survived the first time around and pushed around like crazy,” Kypreos, owner of Mimi’s store, told CTV News

Kypreos said she was frustrated with the rules governing businesses allowed to remain open under Ontario’s foreclosure restrictions

“I can socialize remotely, I can close my doors and I can have one customer here at a time So I’m frustrated that Walmart is open What’s your social distancing at Walmart?” “

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has urged residents to shop locally rather than shopping online or at big box retailers, but many of these department stores will remain open during the closed time while small independent businesses are closing their doors

Upcoming Ontario restrictions are designed to help limit the spread of COVID-19 Ontario broke its record for new daily cases on Saturday with three other provinces: New Brunswick, Alberta and Saskatchewan

“This closure is needed now to bring this under control in our communities, stop the flow to our hospitals and protect our schools and long-term care homes,” he said.

Infectious disease specialist Dr Isaac Bogoch said it was not yet possible to see how much of a difference Ontario’s lockdown will make, but he is optimistic

“It will take time to see the results of a policy like this implemented,” Bogoch told CTV News Channel on Saturday.

But Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist, said he didn’t see the province’s decision to shut down small businesses while allowing larger retailers with grocery aisles, like Costco and Walmart, to stay. open

“I don’t see a problem with hairdressers I don’t see a problem with small stores I see a problem with large stores that remain open,” he says

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti urged Ontarians to obey lockdown rules and not to travel outside of their home area to shop in other areas with more flexible restrictions

“The red zone is there for a reason We need to reduce the number of cases It’s everyone’s priority,” he said

In Manitoba, a ban on in-person sales of non-essential items was announced Thursday and went into effect Friday

“I urge Winnipeggers to stay home and support the local community,” Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman told CTV News on Saturday “If you can afford it, support local, order take out and shop as early as possible”

Canada reported 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday Since March, more than 324,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 and 11,406 have died

Shoppers exit Scarborough Town Center Mall on Saturday, November 21, 2020 With a lockdown starting Monday, shoppers fill malls THE CANADIAN PRESS / Frank Gunn

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