For the second straight day the Etobicoke restaurant drew the attention of the authorities - and a motley crew of supporters - for defying the province's lockdown orders that forbid indoor dining.
While many small businesses in the Toronto region and the Peel region have been forced to close their doors due to lockdown, many larger stores, such as Walmart and Costco, have been allowed to remain open by the government.
Skelly was arrested shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Thursday by police who had blockaded the entrance to his restaurant Adamson Barbecue, located in the Toronto district of Etobicoke, which is now under a lockdown ordered by Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
According to Toronto police, two suspects were arrested outside the Etobicoke restaurant.
At a news conference yesterday, Toronto Police Superintendant Dom Sinopoli said the force is prepared to take further enforcement action if Skelly and his staff try to welcome patrons inside again.
Toronto police say Skelly, who is 33 years old, was arrested for attempting to obstruct police and adds they will provide an update later in the day.
Police confirmed on Wednesday that both Skelly and the corporation that the restaurant is registered to are facing a combined eight charges under the Reopening Ontario Act as well as one additional charge for operating in contravention of the Toronto Public Health order.
Police were not the only ones on the scene over the last three days.
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All the tests were negative so now, if nothing changes, he's available, which is good. I don't want to speak too much about it". He can now train with us tomorrow.
He asked the media to stay off the private property and was seen talking with police officers.
Toronto began a four-week lockdown this week amid an exponential rise in Covid-19 cases and as ICUs near capacity.
"Enough is enough, we're opening", Skelly wrote at the time. At least 100 anti-lockdown protestors showed up on the lawn of the restaurant in support of Skelly.
Supporters and Toronto Police outside Adamson Barbecue on Queen Elizabeth Blvd. on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
"We are in a position to stop him if he opens tomorrow or the next day. If there is a continued breach of that, then the Toronto police service will work with Toronto Public Health and will ensure forced compliance of that order".
Skelly is scheduled to appear in court on March 19, 2021. "The strategy will change from day to day depending on what we are faced with", the superintendent said on Wednesday.
The charges under the Reopening Ontario Act are for hosting an illegal gathering on both Tuesday and Wednesday and for offering dine-in service on both days as well.