Weekend Pitt Street closures start today

In this May 2018, file photo, Pitt Street in Cornwall, Ont. looking south from Second Street. The weekend Pitt Street closure of this portion of street to vehicular traffic starts today, Thursday, July 1, 2021, as part of a plan to help downtown businesses as the community comes out of the pandemic. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The partial Pitt Street closure in Cornwall’s downtown area to vehicle traffic starts today to allow main street businesses to expand their footprint outside.

The first closure south of First Street (58 Pitt Street at Echo Trends), north to Second Street, starts at 11 a.m. today (July 1) and continues until 8 p.m. Sunday.

The trend will continue every Friday at 4 p.m. until Sunday and 8 p.m. through to an including the Labour Day weekend.

The closure will mean a detour for Cornwall Transit buses, which will head out of the terminal east to Sydney, north to Third, west to Augustus and then south to Water Street where they will go either east or west and continue on their regular route.

“Our main street businesses add so much to the make up of Cornwall and city council wants to support our business community as much as possible,” Acting Mayor Todd Bennett said in a statement. “We hope residents and visitors take advantage of this new initiative to explore our great downtown shops and restaurants in a safe and enjoyable new way.”

Under the current step in the provincial government’s Roadmap to Reopen, outdoor patio dining is allowed with four people per table with proper spacing while indoor non-essential retail shopping is limiting 25 per cent capacity.

The closure was approved at Monday’s council meeting.