Toronto Eaton Centre shop windows covered up by boards (PHOTOS)

Apr 3 2020, 6:40 am

The Eaton Centre has been boarded up with wooden panels and cement barricades, presumably to protect stores while they’re closed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Non-essential businesses across Ontario were ordered to close by Premier Doug Ford last week and just days later, shopping malls across Toronto followed suit.

Cadillac Fairview shopping centres, including the Eaton Centre and Sherway Gardens, are now closed, save for essential shops.

Clients that remain open at these shopping centres, according to CF, “are largely those providing essential services such as pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, and food services.”

It’s fair to guess that the reason for the barricades and boards are meant to protect the windows of shops that are currently unoccupied as the city practices social distancing.

Images shared across social media are certainly jarring — to see one of Toronto’s most densely-populated spaces so evidently shuttered is strange to witness.

Eaton Center with cement blocks in front of the entrance, and H&M with wooden planks all around display windows and entrance. from r/toronto