On Thanksgiving weekend, the freedom fighters that make up “Yahoo Nation” didn't have a heck of a lot to be thankful for.
That’s because just as the long weekend began, so too did lockdown restrictions for those living in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region thanks to Premier Doug Ford’s decision to roll these areas back into a Stage 2 lockdown.
What does that mean? Well, it may very well be the deathblow for so many businesses that were already barely hanging on, and had just struggled to re-open their doors.
Here’s just a partial list of what’s now closed:
- Indoor dining and drinking at restaurants, bars, nightclubs and food courts inside malls
- Indoor gyms and fitness centres
- Indoor movie theatres
- Indoor performing arts centres and venues
- Spectator areas in racing venues
- Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
And here’s what remains open:
- Places of worship
- Outdoor gyms and fitness centres
Gotta love that last line: “outdoor gyms.” Those are going to be bustling in the Canadian winter, aren't they? And I thought we were all supposed to be getting healthy — exercising to fight off diabetes and obesity. Nevermind that, stay at home and stuff your face with cherry cheesecake!
But what I'm confused about is how a restaurant or gym is a pandemic-ready superspreader extravaganza, but not a big box or grocery store. How is a movie theatre or bingo parlor a breeding ground for infections but not a church, synagogue, or mosque?
Little wonder that members of Yahoo Nation gathered en masse at Yonge-Dundas Square to yet again voice their frustration — and at risk getting slapped with fines of $880 per head, given that this was an “illegal gathering” as it exceeded more than 25 people.
One thing to be thankful for: The Toronto police turned a blind eye and didn't enforce the rule. It was one less thing for the freedom fighters to worry about over what should have been a family-focused long weekend.