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Large concrete planters were moved in front of the driveway at the Ontario Legislature at Queens Park on Feb 2.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Two hospitals near Ontario’s legislature have cancelled a small number of appointments and Toronto police are shutting down nearby roads in anticipation of Saturday’s planned protest against COVID-19 measures.

Women’s College Hospital said its urgent care clinic would close, though its emergency department would remain open, and Mount Sinai said it recommended its ambulatory clinics review appointments and reschedule non-urgent care.

Several other hospitals along the stretch known as “hospital row” did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Meanwhile, Toronto Police said they would close University Avenue between College and Queen streets to “normal traffic and any convoys” starting late Friday morning to ensure access to hospital row.

Ottawa police say more officers will be deployed downtown as thousands of protesters are expected this weekend

They say hospital workers, patients, their families and those picking up patients will be granted access.

Police warn the closures could remain in effect all weekend as the so-called Freedom Convoy rolls in.

Toronto police and the city’s mayor are set to provide an update this afternoon on operational plans to deal with the protest.

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