Parking enforcement to support retail downtown

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Downtown Peterborough

Peterborough, ON – To support commercial activity in the downtown with stores re-opening for curb-side pickup, enforcement of the two-hour limit for on-street parking will resume on Monday, May 11, 2020.

The two-hour limit for on-street parking helps ensure the spaces are used for short-term parking, which increases the availability of parking for customers. Enforcement of regulations for other parking infractions, such as no stopping zones, no parking areas and commercial loading spaces will also continue to support downtown businesses and promote safety.

While enforcement activities are resuming, free parking for on-street parking and surface lots in the central area will continue for now as a temporary measure to reduce the potential for spread of COVID-19.

Convenient access to parking is important to restaurants offering take-out and retailers reopening for curb-side pickup following the Province of Ontario Orders and associated guidelines.

“We’re calling on the community to support local and shop downtown, and we want it to be convenient," said Terry Guiel, Executive Director of Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area. "The DBIA appreciates the steps taken by the City of Peterborough to provide free parking downtown during this crisis. We believe it important to keep spaces open for our businesses so that they can do quick pick-up and deliveries which are essential for them right now.”

Peterborough Public Health recommends following these guidelines for safe curb-side pickups:

  • Only send one person and stay in the car if possible
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after the pickup
  • Maintain a 2-meter distance from others
  • Wear a face covering, required if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Avoid idling your car

This information is also on our City of Peterborough website at


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

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

500 George Street North

Peterborough, ON  K9H 3R9

705-742-7777 ext. 1636