Downtown Public Space Update

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Charlotte Street

Peterborough, ON - Bollards that were installed on some downtown streets to create additional pedestrian space for physical distancing will be removed over the next two weeks to prepare for winter maintenance.  

The installation on Water Street, between Simcoe Street and Hunter Street, will be removed the week of October 13 and the remaining installations on other streets will be removed over a few days starting Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

With the removal of the bollards, the sidewalks and streets and parking will revert to their typical spaces. Businesses with agreements with the City are able to have patios in assigned sidewalk spaces until October 20, 2020.

The bollards need to be removed to get ready for winter. Residents and visitors are reminded that public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 remain in effect, including:

  • Maintain physical distance of 2 metres from others not in your household
  • Wear a face covering in indoor and outdoor settings where physical distancing may be a challenge
  • Stay home if you do not feel well
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently

Restaurants are taking reservations, which helps ensure there are no lineups on sidewalks as a barrier to physical distancing.

The City continues to work with public health officials on coordinated efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bollards were installed in June on sections of George, Water, King, Charlotte and Hunter streets as part of the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in consultation with Peterborough Public Health and the Downtown Business Improvement Area. Ramps were installed to improve accessibility between the sidewalks and the new pedestrian space at street level.

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636