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Queen Street pilot<br>project completed

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

SCUGOG: After a four week run, Scugog Township and the Port Perry BIA have announced the end of a pilot project. For the last four weeks, in order to improve social distancing shopping space, the two organizations have been closing Queen Street from Perry to Water Street, to vehicles, creating a temporary sidewalk extension east of John Street, on weekends as a pilot project. “Due to the numbers staying relatively low for Scugog and Durham Region [because of COVID-19], a review of the business survey and the decision of the BIA Board to discontinue the project, the Queen Street Pedestrian Pilot will not continue at this time,” read a Scugog Township press release. Scugog Mayor Bobbie Drew provided a statement on the pilot project. “Thank you, to the residents for their patience and due diligence throughout this long road of COVID-19. I am so very proud of our Emergency Control Team and all the staff who worked throughout this pandemic to serve our community. This initiative was one of many innovative ideas that were implemented to address the priority of health and safety of our residents. Thank you, to the BIA for their efforts to collaborate during an already difficult time for businesses. The road to recovery is challenging and working together is key,” she wrote. Despite the change, Mayor Drew is reminding people this pandemic is not over. “Please stay diligent with your daily efforts. When you go out to shop, remember to maintain your physical distance, wear your mask when going inside a public or commercial space, carry and use hand sanitizer regularly,” the Mayor’s statement read. This past weekend, the township reopened Queen Street entirely to vehicles. “The additional accessible parking spaces, temporarily added for the closure, will be removed. The portable washrooms will remain on Perry Street for the time being. Portable washrooms are also available near the marina and Palmer Park,” read the Scugog press release.

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