Love it or hate it, Memorial Drive will be closed during the upcoming weekend in what the city says is an effort to assist with physical distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The popular waterfront roadway will be closed between Regina Street and the Marina starting Friday at 3 p.m. and will reopen Monday at 8 a.m.
"The closure is designed to allow those who are cycling and walking to maintain a safe distance by using the roadway," says a news release. "Vehicles will be able to access the waterfront parking lots and Marina entrance. Signage indicating no through traffic will be posted ahead of both entrances to Memorial Drive along Lakeshore Drive and Main Street West."
“We received a lot of positive feedback about designating Memorial Drive an active transportation route during the Victoria Day weekend," claims Mayor Al McDonald. "We want to continue to ensure there’s enough space at the waterfront for our residents to get out and enjoy the fresh air while maintaining the required two-metre physical distance from others.”
While the use of benches, picnic tables and shelters is now permitted, public washrooms remain closed under provincial orders.
In all cases, a physical distancing of at least two metres is required and groups of more than five people are still restricted.
Play structures, swings, slides, splash pads, and outdoor exercise equipment also remain closed.