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Fergus to close down main downtown street to vehicles on Saturdays

Starting June 20, a section of St. Andrew Street will temporarily close to promote physical distancing while shopping at downtown stores
This section of St. Andrew Street in Fergus will be closed on Saturdays to promote physical distancing while shopping. Keegan Kozolanka/GuelphToday file photo

FERGUS – A busy downtown Fergus street will be closed on Saturdays to support businesses in reopening efforts and to encourage physical distancing. 

Starting June 20, a section of St. Andrew Street between Tower Street and St. David Street will be closed to vehicles on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This allows businesses to have sidewalk merchandise displays, offer easier curbside pickup and give more space between pedestrians.

Mayor Kelly Linton said in a press release that he is ecstatic that staff and the Fergus BIA have worked out this partnership.

“Although we are not promoting tourism at this time, we know that people are coming to Centre Wellington to enjoy our beautiful natural assets and shop in our unique and diverse shops,” Linton said in a release. “By closing our streets and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health’s face covering mandate, we can slowly open our community safely.”

This move follows a similar initiative in Elora where sections of their downtown streets are closed to vehicles on weekends. 

Visitors to downtown Fergus are asked to park at the following locations:

·        Behind the Fergus Library, 190 St Andrew St W, Fergus,

·        Goofy Newfie parking lot, 105 Queen St

·        160 Provost Lane parking lot

·        Curling Club parking lot, 150 St. George St W

·        155 St. George Street W. parking lot 

“The Fergus BIA is excited to work with CW Township in closing our main street on Saturdays to allow room for social distancing and to assist with the re-opening of our businesses in St Andrew's Crossing” said Kim Jefferson, Fergus BIA chair, in a press release. “We hope to make your downtown experience as safe and enjoyable as possible.”