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Jun. 6, 2020 | Saturday
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COVID-19: Town of NOTL lifts parking ban
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The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has lifted the parking ban in Old Town.

The town said the decision is “keeping in line with recovery measures taken by the province, specifically the permission for certain retail businesses to open for curb side pick-up,” in a media release.

Town staff will start removing the “no parking” signs Monday.

“Things are beginning to move quickly as the province looks to begin reopening the economy and commencing the recovery phase of this pandemic,” said Interim CAO Sheldon Randall, in the release.

“Just as we responded in a timely and well-informed manner when protective measures were implemented, we will continue to adapt as they are amended.”

Public parking lots associated with municipal parks are still closed, with public areas, green spaces, and recreational trails open for walk-through access only.

Lord mayor Betty Disero said though things are opening up, it’s not back to normal yet.

“The health and safety of our community is our number one priority,” said Disero.

“Though we may see restrictions begin to relax, it is not yet time to resume business as usual. Please, stay home whenever possible, maintain physical distancing and continue to wash your hands and refrain from touching your face. We must all do our part to protect against community spread and a possible second wave of this virus.”

Town bylaw officers will continue to actively enforce the amended provincial emergency orders.

Businesses permitted to open according to provincial emergency orders must comply with the additional measures outlined to promote physical distancing and hygiene.

Those wishing to report a violation or issue a complaint are encouraged to email covidcomplaints@notl.com.

The town notes that while physical distancing is recommended by the province, and is essential in helping to avoid the spread of the virus, there is currently no directive in place that enables town staff to enforce the regulation.

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