Dunlop Street in Downtown Barrie to be curbside pickup loading zone for now

Loading only zone to remain in place until province allows further reopening

As businesses and services across the land gradually reopen, Barrie City Council has voted to make a swath of Dunlop St. a loading zone for curbside pickup. At least, until more restrictions are lifted.

Council voted to make Dunlop a loading zone from Toronto to Poyntz Streets as a means of supporting the downtown Barrie businesses that are now allowed to open for curbside pickup. It is also expected to improve traffic flow along the downtown roadway.

This measure will remain in place until the province allows businesses to open their doors to customers beyond curbside pickup.

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Meanwhile, a section of Dunlop remains under construction from Mary Street to Maple Avenue, as part of a downtown rehabilitation project promising wider sidewalks and improved infrastructure.

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