On four weekends in the summer, the DBIA proposes a trial closure of King Street so that it becomes pedestrian friendly. The idea is that Restaurants, Bars and Coffee shops can have Patios or extend their existing ones. Although it might inhibit curb-side pickup to non-food places, these stores have agreed to a trial – for one time anyway. The initiative was proposed by the DBIA to Council at their Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday June 22. Although Council agreed, it will have to be ratified at their Regular Council meeting on June 29. King Street will be closed from Spring to McGill but Division will remain open. Closures will start on Fridays at 9:00 am and continue to Sundays (or Mondays on long weekends) at 10:00 pm.
The weekends proposed are: July 17 to 19, July 31 to August 3, August 21 to 23 and September 4 to 7. The closures are not events so there will be no Entertainment provided. However, some non-food stores may want to put a display of their products outside.
The DBIA agreed:
- To follow Fire, Police emergency and liquor requirements
- To apply for Patio extensions for each place
- To pay for fencing (or barriers) and tables for Restaurants, Bars and Coffee shops
- To hire a security guard from 11 am to 6 pm each day to promote social distancing and educate where applicable.
According to Councillor Adam Bureau, this idea has been tried in Peterborough and did not work but “Cobourg is different”. It’s clear that this is a trial.