Toronto Shops Are Already Shutting Down For This Weekend's Protests (PHOTOS)
The Eaton Centre is closing its doors.
Businesses are taking extra precautions ahead of Toronto’s protests this weekend. Many of the city's storefronts, including the Eaton Centre, have boarded up their entrances in anticipation. Several TTC entrances in the downtown core are also closed to the public.
Several anti-racism demonstrations are scheduled to take place over the weekend, including one that will begin on Friday outside of Bloor-Yonge Station at 12:30 p.m.
The March For Change is scheduled to head south on Yonge Street before ending up at Nathan Phillips Square.
The Eaton Centre announced via Twitter on Friday that it will be shutting its doors until Monday.
"With a number of large gatherings planned in the city over the weekend, CF Toronto Eaton Centre will be closed on the following days: Fri, June 5 Sat, June 6 & Sun, June 7 We will resume operations on Mon, June 8. Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe," read the statement.
The TTC will also be closing off the shopping centre's connection to both Dundas and Queen station.
"All the Eaton Centre connection entrances at Dundas and Queen stations will be closed Friday, June 5, Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. All TTC street entrances remain open," read a tweet by the TTC.
However, the TTC has not confirmed that this is in direct response to the upcoming events.
On top of this, businesses across the downtown area havetheir doors and windows, including The Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harry Rosen and other high-end shops.
Thousands of Torontonians had previously participated in a peaceful protest forlast Saturday.
Police also notedthat they are aware of social media posts about a possible riot in the city on Saturday, June 6.
However, Mayor John Tory reactedof the protests, reminding demonstrators to keep the peace.