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Prior to his arrest on Thursday afternoon, Skelly was charged with nine separate offences, from operating without a licence to holding an illegal gathering. Brad Ross, spokesperson for the City of Toronto, said early this morning that the locks had been changed overnight.

The owner of Adamson Barbecue in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke has reopened his restaurant for dine-in services on Wednesday, despite threats of fines or even jail time for violating provincial lockdown orders. All dining, non-essential shopping, salons and gyms have been ordered closed.And on Thursday, Toronto's mayor told CNN he wasn't ruling out an extension of the lockdown to last through Christmas and New Year's.

As of November 26, Toronto has reported 39,094 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,555 deaths.

On Wednesday, he told the Toronto Sun he not only fully meant to open today but would bring "five times" the amount of food to serve everybody.

While schools and essential services remain open, the city has shut down in-person retail and restaurants, allowing only curbside pickup or delivery.

"Despite Ontario regulations requiring all restaurants to be closed, except for takeout, delivery and drive-through, this establishment opened its doors to patrons for dine-in eating in contravention of the law that is created to protect people from the spread of COVID-19", TPH said in a statement.

Skelly posted on Instagram that he meant to reopen the restaurant Monday morning in direct opposition to the province's public health restrictions.

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"Enough is enough. I complied with the two weeks of flattening the curve. They're trying hard to make the sacrifices that are bad in some cases to make sure we can all get healthy", said Tory, adding that he believes Skelly will "face huge fines" if convicted.

He followed through on that vow, drawing dozens of maskless patrons who dined on his fare inside the restaurant at 7 Queen Elizabeth Blvd.

Despite police presence, demonstrators banged on the door and demanded it be open.

Police say Adam Skelly, the owner of Adamsons Barbecue, is facing several criminal charges after repeatedly breaking health regulations imposed by Toronto and Ontario.

Dozens of anti-lockdown protesters then moved to Ontario Premier Doug Ford's home in Etobicoke Thursday afternoon.

Narcity reached out to the police for further information on the case.

"We are in a position to stop him if he opens tomorrow or the next day. The strategy will change from day to day depending on what we are faced with", the superintendent said on Wednesday.