Toronto Christmas Market cancelled due to COVID-19

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 22nd, 2020

This year’s Christmas Market in Toronto’s Distillery District has been cancelled, Mayor John Tory says.

“In this case, as with most of the cancellations this year, the decision has been taken by the organization itself looking at the health situation and all the other circumstances they want to examine,” Tory said.

“It’s regrettable, extremely regrettable, because these are things that bring people joy and bring them outside even in the colder weather.”
– John Tory

“A lot of things have changed this year,” Tory added. “Let’s just hope we can get through a roster of events we will deal with in the next few days that probably won’t be held on a normal basis at all and get back to something more normal next year if we follow along, not only by cancelling these events, but by behaving in a way we have talked about for the last few days.”

Typically, thousands gather for the annual market, which usually starts in mid-November and runs through late December.

Restaurants and stores in the district are open and are currently following provincial guidelines but it’s not clear how the Christmas Market would be able to do the same given the social gathering limits.

This would have been the 11th version of Toronto’s Distillery District Christmas Market.

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