Parking ticket program in Barrie returns for take-out purchases

Program would not apply to any tickets given out where parking is prohibited

That’s the ticket!

Without any discussion, city councillors approved a motion on Monday night that cancels tickets in paid parking areas to people who are purchasing takeout food at Barrie restaurants.

This would apply for any period that restaurants are closed to in-person dining.

The ticket can be cancelled if the patron can provide a receipt from a Barrie restaurant in an amount equal to or greater than the set fine of $30 within five days after receiving the ticket. The program would not apply to any tickets given out where parking is prohibited.

On Monday, Jan. 3, Premier Doug Ford imposed a series of restrictions to try and control a surge in COVID-19 cases led by the Omicron variant. This included a 21-day ban on indoor dining.

The motion brought forward by Coun. Gary Harvey on Monday copied the one he first introduced during the lockdown in spring 2021.

At the time, Harvey said the idea was suggested to him by a friend who had no connection to the restaurant industry.

“It’s a little piece that we can help inject some additional funds into our restaurant industry,” Harvey said at a city council meeting in April 2021.

The motion approved by councillors on Monday will be considered for final approval at city council’s meeting on Jan. 17.