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Crowds Show Up To EB Games In Toronto Despite COVID-19 Shutdowns (PHOTOS)

People are lining up outside to collect their pre-orders.
Toronto Staff Writer
EB Games In Toronto Draws Massive Lines Amid COVID-19 Shutdowns

As stores, businesses and schools continue to temporarily shut down across the city, it seems as if one store is still drawing crowds. The EB Games in Toronto has drawn massive lines to their store on Friday morning in response to two new video game launches. Residents who pre-ordered Animal Crossing and Doom have been lining up down the street to get their hands on the new games.

EB Games Canada announced on March 17 that while it would be closing its doors on Friday, March 20 to foot traffic, it will remain open for customers who had pre-ordered copies of Nintendo’s new Animal Crossing or Doom.

According to the Toronto Star, hundreds of people are expected to pick up their orders from the downtown location on Friday.

However, EB Games announced that they will only allow 10 customers into the store at a time in an attempt to practice social distancing. 

“EB Games is working diligently during this unprecedented time to provide our customers and associates with the safest environment possible. Effective immediately, we are taking action to institute multiple social distancing practices in our stores, such as only allowing a maximum of 10 customers in our stores at any given time,” read a statement by the company.

“To further protect our associates and customers, we will be closing all stores to walk-in traffic on Friday March 20th, allowing only those customers that have Reserved AnimalCrossing and/or Doom access to pick up their game in store. We will return to modified shopping hours on Saturday March 21st,” it added.

Residents and reporters have shared videos of a long line forming outside of EB Games’ Yonge Street location on Friday morning.

The footage appears to show some people attempting to keep their distance from others in the long line that stretched down the street. 

Since the Ontario government has called a state of emergency on Tuesday, multiple businesses including restaurants, theatres and bars have been closing their doors in an attempt to practice social distancing. 

“We are all in this together, and we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely, following the guidelines provided by our Canadian Government and World Health Organization, while satisfying our gamers demand for the product they want in a manner that protects both our customers and our associates,” the statement concluded.

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