Barrie councillor and Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) Chair Sergio Morales hinted at it Monday, the City confirmed it this morning with a notice of a road closure downtown this weekend.
Open Air Dunlop will happen Saturdays through the summer, meaning Dunlop Street will be closed to traffic between The Five Points and Mulcaster Street (5 a.m. to midnight) beginning this weekend.
Morales told Barrie 360 on Monday the BIA was working hard to move the celebration up a week. It had been scheduled to start June 19, but with Stage One of the provincial re-opening moved up to this Friday, Morales said the board wanted to take advantage of the opportunity for downtown retailers to kick-start their recovery. Under Stage One, non-essential retailers and patios can reopen under tight capacity restrictions.
banner image: Open Air Dunlop 2020/Barrie 360