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The Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial start to summer. With a variety of free activities and events happening across the city throughout the weekend, here are some closures to look out for on Monday, May 20.

All government services will be closed, London transit will operate on holiday schedule

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The Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial start to summer.

With a variety of free activities and events happening across the city throughout the weekend, here are some closures to look out for on Monday, May 20.

The forecast from Environment Canada for Saturday is cloudy skies with a 30 per cent chance of showers and high of 27 C. Sunday is expected to by sunny with a high of 26 C. More sunshine on Monday with a high of 27 C.

Restaurants and shopping

  • White Oaks Mall, CF Masonville Place, and Westmount Shopping Centre will all be closed Monday. 
  • Most grocery stores are closed Monday, but shoppers can call individual locations to find out specific store hours. 
  • A number of Beer Store outlets will be open Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., including 1600 Dundas St. E., 414 Wharncliffe Rd. S. (drive-thru only), and 1080 Adelaide St. N.
  • The Labatt Brewery Retail Store will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.
  • All LCBO stores will be closed Monday.

Public transit 

  • London transit will operate on a holiday service level on Monday. Saturday and Sunday service will run regularly as it does on weekends. 
  • For up-to-date route times and schedules, riders are encouraged to use realtime.londontransit.ca.

Government facilities 

  • All banks and City administrative offices are closed on Monday, including City Hall, Citi Plaza, all Ontario Works offices and the Provincial Offences Administrative Office.
  • London Police’s collision reporting centre will be closed Monday. Regular hours will resume Tuesday. 
  • Garbage and recycling collection will not take place on Monday.

Things to do from the City on Monday

  • All City spray pads will be open, operating from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Storybook Gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • There’s free one-hour on-street parking downtown, along with municipal lots in Old East Village.
  • Free recreation activities are available at a number of community centres, including pickeball, swimming, rollerskating and volleyball to name a few.

Stay safe when lighting off fireworks

  • Londoners are allowed to discharge fireworks on Monday from sundown to 11 p.m.
  • Consult the city fireworks by-law to ensure you’re following the rules.
  • The city is warning that weather conditions should be taken into consideration and water should be kept nearby in case of fire.
  • Fireworks are not permitted in city parks or on the streets.
A boy enjoys the Canada Day fireworks celebration at Labatt Memorial Park in London, Ont, in 2019. The city of London is reviewing its fireworks bylaw, the options on the table include an outright ban.
A boy enjoys a fireworks celebration at Labatt Memorial Park in London, Ont. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

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