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Downtown board decides to keep Main Street open

After receiving the results of their survey the board of North Bay’s Downtown Improvement Area (DIA) has chosen not to close Main Street to vehicles this summer.

The idea fuelled a poll that went out to downtown businesses with the proposition of a pedestrian mall and the closure of Main Street to vehicle traffic. There were 50 responses to the survey. 32% voted no, 18% voted yes, and 50% voted possibly weekends only.

After discussion and consideration, the board decided not to go ahead with the plan.

“This is a decision not to be taken lightly as many costs and resources are used for street closures. We also have to follow social distancing protocols set out by the province of Ontario. At the moment there will not be any closures,” said Downtown Board Chair Michelle Trudeau. She adds “We will continue to assess the needs of our restaurants, retail and services. We assure you the DIA Board of Directors will keep an open mind to potential opportunities for the remainder of the season.”

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