Essential services open and closed this Easter weekend in Toronto

Apr 9 2020, 1:27 pm

With the Easter long weekend just around the corner, the holiday will be celebrated differently this year.

Residents will be staying at home, having virtual Easter Sunday meals with family and friends.

And while Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, and Mayor John Tory have repeatedly told Torontonians to stay at home and only go out for essential services and goods, some of those services will be affected by the holiday weekend.

“The holidays are important spiritually and emotionally for many and to support this, people are encouraged to connect with loved ones, friends, and vulnerable members of the community online or by phone,” said the City earlier this week. “Residents should also check with their place of worship for information on online services and other innovative ways to connect while staying physically apart.”

It’s best to plan ahead before heading outside, so you don’t unnecessarily take transit or walk around to a destination only to find it isn’t open.

Grocery Stores

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Premier Doug Ford said that all grocery stores in the province will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday to give essential workers a break. As a result, you can expect major chains to be closed.

“We’ve been listening to business owners and employees – the truth is that everyone working in our grocery stores and pharmacies, our truck drivers and those working the line, they have been working day and night for weeks to keep the food and medicine we need on the shelves,” Ford said during his daily press conference on Wednesday.

“One way we are saying thank you is making sure they have this Friday and Sunday off.”

However, a few smaller operations will remain open, including:

  • Rabba – various locations – open 24 hours
  • Fresh & Wild – 69 Spadina Avenue; 2294 Bloor Street West – open Friday 9 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday 9 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
  • The Food Depot – 155 Dupont Street – open 24 hours
  • Popbox Market – 725 Dovercourt Road – 9 am to 7:30 pm all weekend

Pharmacies

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  • Shoppers Drug Mart: Most locations will be open in the GTA on Good Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. To see if your store location near you is open check here.
  • Rexall: While some locations are closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, there are Rexall locations that will be open. Check the closest one to you here.
  • Pace Pharmacy: The pharmacy will be closed Easter Sunday with differing hours for Good Friday and Easter Monday.

LCBO/Beer Store

LCBO

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  • LCBO: All stores will be closed Friday, April 10, Sunday, April 12, and Monday, April 13. It is open on Saturday, April 11.
  • Beer Store: All stores will be closed as usual on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Transit

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  • TTC: The TTC will operate on holiday service on Good Friday. When holiday service is running, all TTC routes will operate on their Sunday service schedules but will start earlier, at approximately 6 am. Any routes that do not normally operate on Sundays, will not operate on the holiday.
  • GO Transit: Sunday service and schedule is in effect Good Friday. But with ridership down 90%, there is reduced service for different routes. To view the schedule, click here.

Services

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  • Toronto Public Library: Toronto Public Library branches are closed save for three locations, which have opened up as food banks, will be open for limited hours. Check the list here.
  • Canada Post: Canada post will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
  • Service Ontario: Offices will be closed on Good Friday.