Crossroads

Crossroads – Covid-19, Protests & Lockdown

Summer in Toronto
Summer in Toronto

Toronto Lockdown

It is July now. Ontario, Canada, went on lockdown in mid-March. Here in Toronto, the Ontario provincial government has eased down lockdown restrictions. The shops are now opening up for curbside pickup. However, life is far from how it used to before the coronavirus pandemic hit Canada.

Summer has finally arrived. It is easier to step outside now and spend time in the yard as opposed to being in the house all the time. Toronto has introduced new bike lanes, and people are making the most of it.

It is interesting to see how different people view this situation from varying perspectives. There are people riding bicycles on one side of the road with no masks, whereas on the other side of the road, people can be seen with face masks.

A little over a week ago crowds gathered at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto to enjoy the summer sun. It looked like the Woodstock music festival. The next day, the city tightened social distancing enforcement.

Tourism

Niagara Falls is located about an hour and a half drive from where I am located. This time of the year it is packed with tourists. However, these days it resembles a ghost town. The Niagara border with the United States is still closed.

Protests

People also gathered in Toronto to protest racism. The rally was organized in response to police-involved deaths in Canada and the United States. The crowd gathered outside Toronto Police Headquarters on College and Bay.

Festivals

Summer is when the city of Toronto lights up. Outside of pandemics, we have festivals that take place all summer, and there are flocks of people everywhere. I was to watch his play Hamlet at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival this summer; however, the play is cancelled for obvious reasons. Most summer events in Toronto are cancelled. This will be a summer unlike any other in recent memory.

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