It was an interesting day in Toronto, as a couple of major announcements had people out and about all over the city. Lineups ensued, and the culprits happen to be as unrelated as you can imagine — an In-N-Out pop-up that backed up King St West and the search for rapid tests which backed up, well, a LOT of Toronto.
Firstly, yesterday’s announcement of free rapid tests being available at pop-ups around the city had residents scrambling to get their hands on a kit of their own. From transit hubs to malls, Torontonians filled the pop-up locations in droves.
Nothing like waking up early for a Rapid Test scavenger hunt. This one in downtown #Toronto opened at 8 and the line was well-formed before that. #Omicron pic.twitter.com/d379Da6Q2a
— Amanda Ferguson (@ByAmandaFergie) December 16, 2021
People in line to get a COVID-19 rapid test at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. pic.twitter.com/LAGh1D4Eo9
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) December 16, 2021
While plenty of folks were able to get their hands on rapid tests, other locations were hit with so many people that their supply ran out almost immediately. CityNews reported that Yorkdale Mall ran out of its 1,000 kits by 11:45 AM, less than two hours after opening, and much earlier than the advertised closing time of 9:00 pm.
As mentioned, these weren’t the only lineups in Toronto. News broke just yesterday that In-N-Out Burger would be opening a pop-up in Toronto today, and once word got out it was quite the scene.
Ok I don’t get the deal with @innoutburger but there’s a lineup in downtown #toronto for a pop up that goes all the way down the street at king and Bathurst pic.twitter.com/SnFdU2BZB6
— James Aita (@jaita) December 16, 2021
As seen above, Toronto’s In-N-Out pop-up had folks lined up around the block. Running today for only three hours, those who missed it will have to hold out hope we’ll see another (maybe permanent) location soon.
Drove by a blocks-long lineup and my coworker and I frantically searched Twitter to find out if there was a vaccine clinic we didn’t know about. Turns out it was just an In-N-Out Burger pop-up, the most Toronto answer of all
— gabrielle (@ghgm) December 16, 2021
me: oh nice, an in n out pop up in toronto, right down the street from me! i’ll just go there for lunch
the rest of toronto: pic.twitter.com/UCzA8wq5ma
— dom at the athletic (@domluszczyszyn) December 16, 2021
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