As the number of COVID-19 cases in Toronto continues to steadily climb, Mayor John Tory has declared a State of Emergency in the city. This is in addition to Premier Doug Ford ordering all non-essential retailers and businesses to close and for residents across the province to stay home as much as possible in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In turn, the once busy and crowded streets of Toronto are now eerily empty, a sad reminder of how powerful this deadly virus is and why we all need to do our part in order to get things back to normal.
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And while residents are technically still allowed to go outside under the social distancing mandate, everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing and limit activities to things that can be done alone or while maintaining at least six feet of distance between themselves and others—meaning going for a solo run or walking to the grocery store or pharmacy is fine, while playing a game of basketball with friends or hosting a spring BBQ is not.
But luckily, it appears that Torontonians seem to be heeding the government’s advice to practice social distancing and not go where they shouldn't be – leaving Canada's largest city looking a little like a ghost town.
In case you have yet to venture outside, here's a look at the public spaces normally packed with people that are now eerily empty.
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