April 20, 2018 7:26 am
Updated: April 20, 2018 5:16 pm

CN Tower, surrounding area reopens after being closed for 5 days due to falling ice risk

WATCH ABOVE: A tourist hot-spot remains closed to the public in downtown Toronto. Ice falling from the tower has left the area off limits to visitors. Marianne Dimain has the details.


Toronto police say the CN Tower and other nearby affected areas have reopened after being closed for five consecutive days due to the risk of falling ice.

The tourist attraction, which was originally closed on Monday following the weekend ice storm, was briefly reopened on Tuesday before officials decided to shut it down again.

Police said in a statement on Friday that the situation improved and the affected areas would reopen at 5 p.m.

“Officials at the CN Tower have been working diligently around the clock over the last several days to remove ice from the tower and monitor the situation,” the statement said.

“Thanks to their efforts, with assistance from Mother Nature, all partners are pleased to announce that the area will resume regular business operations.”

Officers closed Bremner Boulevard between Lower Simcoe Street and Rees Street as well as the John Street Extension over the train tracks due to safety concerns. Ripley’s Aquarium was also affected by the closure.

VIDEO: Ice falling from CN tower causes damage to Rogers Centre and surrounding buildings

Steam Whistle Brewing and the Rec Room, which were both closed for several days, reopened on Friday.

There are no closures related to the Air Canada Centre.

A baseball game scheduled on Monday had to be cancelled after a piece of ice tore a hole through the Rogers Centre roof.

Officials said inspectors have been examining the tower throughout the day.

— With files from Nick Westoll


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