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.