The City of Peterborough is setting up 15-minute curbside pick-up zones in downtown Peterborough during the province-wide shutdown.
The zones are intended to support local businesses during the shutdown, the city states in a media release, as more drivers are making quick stops for curbside pick-up rather than shopping and dining visits that require longer-term parking.
“Local businesses are the backbone of our community and it’s important that we support them, especially during this challenging time,” Mayor Diane Therrien says.
Each block in downtown Peterborough will have a zone on both sides of the street, with signs installed to designate the area as a 15-minute curbside pick-up zone.
Other Ontario municipalities — including Toronto, Brampton, Barrie, St. Catharines, and Port Colborne — have also installed curbside pick-up zone zones.
There will be no parking fees for the curbside pick-up zones, but drivers must not exceed the 15-minute time limit. Parking longer than the 15-minute window could result in a parking ticket with a $25 fine.
While stopped in one of the zones for more than two minutes, drivers must turn off their vehicle as required under the city’s anti-idling by-law.
The new curbside pick-up zones will not affect existing commercial loading zones, accessible parking spaces, bus stops, and no-parking zones adjacent to intersections. Enforcement of existing parking restrictions in these areas will continue.