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Lansdowne closing streets for patio expansion Canada Day, through the weekend

The CEO of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group says they can't have sports or live music in the area, but at least this should give friends and families a chance to get together and enjoy the outdoors together.
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Anyone planning on celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa's Lansdowne neighbourhood will have a bit more room to do so, as a number of temporary street closures are set for the area.

The closures will allow for Lansdowne restuarants to expand their patios, starting at 7 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, and ending Sunday, July 5.

Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) CEO Mark Goudie says he's noticed a lot more people walking around the area in recent days as they enjoy the summer weather and try to get back some form of normalcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We might not have a Redblacks game on, we might not have a 67's playoff game on, we can't have music out in the square, but [with the street closures, you can] come and enjoy spending some time with your family or friends."

Goudie says physical distancing will still be a priority at Lansdowne, in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

"We'll have some public amenities in terms of washrooms [on site] as well and the Great Lawn for frisbee or whatever else you might want to do," he explains.

The temporary closures of Lansdowne streets to vehicular traffic include:

  • Marche Way, between Winners and the Horticulture Building
  • Exhibition Way, between Milestones and Lindt

Vehicles will still be able to access Lansdowne from the main entrances on Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Bank Street, to park underground. 


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