Toronto malls, hair salons prepare to open next week after some of the world’s longest closures


After seven months of being stuck at home, George Iliadis is looking forward to next week. So, too, he says, are the customers of his small, east-end barber shop, eager to get their now-shaggy manes trimmed.

“They call up and say, ‘George, we miss you.’ Well, I miss them, too. After this long, customers are like family. I’ve been seeing some of the same people for 50 years,” said Iliadis, who’s eager for Step 2 of the Ontario government’s loosening of COVID-related restrictions.