TORONTO – Fences are everywhere, snipers are situated on rooftops, officers are standing at every street corner, and other officers are circling the area on their bikes, but not everyone is complaining.
In fact, patios remain busy, baseball fans are flocking to Rogers Centre to see the Jays take on the Cardinals, and tourists appear to be enjoying the quieter-than-usual downtown core.
Visiting from post-Olympic Vancouver, Mary Anne and her family told 680News “you guys are still doing your thing, hitting all the hot spots. It’s actually nicer because there’s no one downtown so we can do everything really quickly.”
“I actually didn’t mind. I thought it was going to be a lot busier than this. I thought there was going to be a lot of people, so it hasn’t been a problem for us at all. And the police are very friendly,” another woman told 680News.
Other out-of-towners told 680News they are amazed by “Fortress Toronto”, that it is entertaining and it will give them stories to tell their friends upon arriving home. They said the only scary thing about it is the $1 billion cost.
“I knew that it was here but yeah, it’s crazy!” said one woman who was touring the downtown.
Meanwhile, Shaylin – a Torontonian – and her friends were enjoying cocktails about five feet away from one of the fences, and was taking in the entire scene. “I already work down here in the lockdown, so I might as well stay in the fenced area and have a drink, and watch the snipers on the roof, because it’s highly entertaining.”
Some Torontonians still heading into the downtown core said public transit has been a breeze the past few days. One GO Transit rider sitting on a patio said she was thrilled to get a window seat during rush hour.
While cars still have access to the affected areas, sometimes there is no one at normally busy intersections when the lights change.