Queen Street Pilot Program

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At the June 26, 2020, Special Council Meeting, Town Council voted in favour of a temporary closure of Queen Street to vehicular traffic. Notwithstanding Council's decision, Interim CAO Sheldon Randall and Lord Mayor Betty Disero, with the support of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, used their delegated authority to make changes to the details of the pilot program. This decision was made in response to comments received by residents and business owners, following the Town's announcement of the temporary closure to vehicular traffic, as approved by Council.


Revised Closure Details:

  • Trial Closure Dates: Wednesday, July 1, 2020, and every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday, July 4, 2020, to Sunday, July 19, 2020*
  • Trial Closure Location: Queen Street, east of the Old Town Post Office to King Street
  • Trial Closure Time Frame: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM each day of the closure

*Dates of trial subject to change.

Neither the Old Town Post Office nor the Hendriks Valu Mart will be included in the street closure to vehicular traffic. Parking at both establishments will remain for patrons only.

Town Staff will provide a report to Council reviewing the success of the closure and will make a recommendation as to whether the weekend and statutory holiday closure of Queen Street should be extended for the rest of July, into August and beyond.

Separate from temporary approval of patio expansions, this temporary closure is not intended to allow businesses to encroach out onto the Municipal right of way, rather, to promote and support physical distancing measures among those wishing to visit the Heritage District. Town Council is hopeful that this temporary closure will aid in protecting the health and safety of community members and visitors while assisting businesses during this recovery phase.


Tenants and Employees:

Alternative parking is being arranged for Queen Street tenants and employees. For further details, or to obtain a parking permit, please contact the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce at tourism@niagaraonthelake.com or (905) 468-1950.


We welcome your feedback!
Whether you're loving this pilot program idea or have some reservations, we'd love to hear your thoughts! Please take a few minutes to join the conversation by completing the survey below and providing your comments regarding this trial closure of Queen Street to vehicular traffic. Town Staff will take all responses/comments into consideration when reporting to Council on July 20, 2020. Survey opens June 30th and closes July 16th.

At the June 26, 2020, Special Council Meeting, Town Council voted in favour of a temporary closure of Queen Street to vehicular traffic. Notwithstanding Council's decision, Interim CAO Sheldon Randall and Lord Mayor Betty Disero, with the support of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, used their delegated authority to make changes to the details of the pilot program. This decision was made in response to comments received by residents and business owners, following the Town's announcement of the temporary closure to vehicular traffic, as approved by Council.


Revised Closure Details:

  • Trial Closure Dates: Wednesday, July 1, 2020, and every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday, July 4, 2020, to Sunday, July 19, 2020*
  • Trial Closure Location: Queen Street, east of the Old Town Post Office to King Street
  • Trial Closure Time Frame: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM each day of the closure

*Dates of trial subject to change.

Neither the Old Town Post Office nor the Hendriks Valu Mart will be included in the street closure to vehicular traffic. Parking at both establishments will remain for patrons only.

Town Staff will provide a report to Council reviewing the success of the closure and will make a recommendation as to whether the weekend and statutory holiday closure of Queen Street should be extended for the rest of July, into August and beyond.

Separate from temporary approval of patio expansions, this temporary closure is not intended to allow businesses to encroach out onto the Municipal right of way, rather, to promote and support physical distancing measures among those wishing to visit the Heritage District. Town Council is hopeful that this temporary closure will aid in protecting the health and safety of community members and visitors while assisting businesses during this recovery phase.


Tenants and Employees:

Alternative parking is being arranged for Queen Street tenants and employees. For further details, or to obtain a parking permit, please contact the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce at tourism@niagaraonthelake.com or (905) 468-1950.


We welcome your feedback!
Whether you're loving this pilot program idea or have some reservations, we'd love to hear your thoughts! Please take a few minutes to join the conversation by completing the survey below and providing your comments regarding this trial closure of Queen Street to vehicular traffic. Town Staff will take all responses/comments into consideration when reporting to Council on July 20, 2020. Survey opens June 30th and closes July 16th.

  • Whether you're loving the idea of this pilot program or have some reservations, we'd love to hear your thoughts! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and provide your comments regarding the trial closure of Queen Street to vehicular traffic. Town Staff will take all responses/comments into consideration when reporting to Council on July 20, 2020. 

    Whether you're loving the idea of this pilot program or have some reservations, we'd love to hear your thoughts! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and provide your comments regarding the trial closure of Queen Street to vehicular traffic. Town Staff will take all responses/comments into consideration when reporting to Council on July 20, 2020. 

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