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

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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.