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These photos of Nathan Phillips Square show it as empty as it's ever been

Not many of us live near Nathan Phillips Square, but those who do have noticed a total absence of the crowds that normally have to be avoided.

The site of tightly packed throngs of skaters, a free New Year's Eve celebration, selfies in front of the Toronto sign and countless other festivals and events, this landmark public space has now fallen silent.

The spread of COVID-19 has caused a state of emergency to be declared in Ontario, and gatherings of more than 50 people have been banned.

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As such, people are staying far away from communal spaces like Nathan Phillips Square.

nathan phillips square

The skating rink is now a pond, and a wide stretch of concrete next to it currently sits completely unused.

nathan phillips square

A few picnic tables are now all that dot the central urban space.

nathan phillips square

A figure or two can still be spotted wandering through the dystopian scene, but it's nowhere near the way it used to be here.

The scene is even more eerie from a bird's eye view.

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One thing's for sure: when you take a look at Toronto's landmarks, it's abundantly clear it's not business as usual during this global pandemic.

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim


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