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With less than 48 hours before Toronto and the Region of Peel enter a second lockdown, businesses are seeing an increase in the number of people trying to access services before closing their doors

Salons and other personal service businesses, like nail spas and wax bars, report full weekends Friday, The Ten Spot beauty bar, which has locations around town, was full. for their weekend within three hours

Estelle Lombardi, manager of Queen St Location West, told The Star that their senior managers were ready to deal with the surge in customers. “As we have already done, this is actually a longer notice than at the first closure So we have set up checklists for closing at the end of (the day) tomorrow “

A manager at Fuzz Wax Bar said he sees more than double his regular customers “On a typical weekend we see about 30 people a day,” said Leanne Donnelly, who runs a location Fuzz on Queen St is “Today I think we have close to 70, a full waiting list and our sister facility is also full, as well as our corporate sites”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Oxford Properties, the management company that operates Yorkdale, Square One and Scarborough Town Center, said the malls were extending opening hours this weekend to manage a expected increase in visitors

Visitors to shopping centers will be able to shop from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Square One, and between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. in Yorkdale and Scarborough Town Center and avoid rush hours of 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. said the spokesperson

Restaurants operating terrace service also experienced a busier than usual peak on Friday night At the Eastern Pub, The Stone Lion, manager Brian Short said there was an immediate increase in numbers people coming to eat

“Today we put on social media, kind of like New Years Eve 2020 for the patio and people start to come out,” said Short “Looks like the support is there”

He said that while his bar has a policy of allowing staff to stay at home if they don’t feel comfortable, the staff have come because it is not clear what to expect. “The first stop was a little less unknown, it didn’t look like anything was in place”

His biggest concern is the staff, who are “a bit left in limbo They’ve been closed twice now, they all have to pay rent,” Short said

“I think what’s more scary is what’s going to happen after Monday – what resources are going to be available for small businesses like us and our staff,” said Mariama Njai, owner of DollHouse905, a salon Brampton Beauty

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