Downtown Orillia allowing half an hour of free parking to help ease into curbside pickup shopping experience

Free signage available to local businesses

In response to the province allowing some retail stores to reopen for curbside pickup, the City of Orillia is trying to make it a little easier to do some shopping.

Effective Monday, the city is allowing 30 minutes of free parking in downtown on-street parking spots. Called the Shop Local parking initiative, it is expected to help not just businesses, but customers carry out curbside pickup orders.

“We recognize that the community is very excited to get out and support the Orillia economy,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “This parking initiative will make it quick and easy for customers to support our small and independent businesses when they begin to ramp-up curbside pick-up today. It is absolutely essential that everyone continue to follow the COVID-19 health and safety precautions that are still very much in place.”

The City has also created “curbside pickup” signage that local businesses can download right off the City’s website.