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Yonge St. in downtown Toronto is almost totally deserted right now

Despite one lineup for a video game recently, social distancing practices preventing the spread of COVID-19 have largely left one of Toronto's busiest areas desolate.

Normally it's a struggle to walk a straight, swift line on Yonge Street, especially as you approach the hub of Dundas Square, but lately there are few souls to be found strolling around downtown.

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Yonge St. is eerily empty near Yonge and Wellesley.

Locals are noting that rush hours are becoming much quieter, even around busy intersections like Yonge and King or Yonge and St. Clair.

Restaurants and cafes in the area have removed their seating areas so people can't gather, and the TTC isn't the packed sardine can it usually is in this neighbourhood.

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World Food Market vendors that have temporarily closed.

Some restaurants have even closed up completely.

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One of the few options still open for pickup at World Food Market.

World Food Market feels like a ghost town as well, with many vendors closing up shop for the time being, though some are remaining open for pickup.

The market is normally bustling, especially as the weather gets warmer, as it's known as a convenient spot with lots of options for low prices.

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The scene near the Ryerson Student Learning Centre in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

It's right near Ryerson campus, which has also become eerily quiet with classes moving online and the recent closure of the Student Learning Centre.

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim


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