Town announces updated outdoor patio program and local transit service

Posted On Wednesday July 22, 2020


Grimsby, ON – On July 20, 2020 Council furthered its commitment to supporting local businesses by fast tracking and approving expanded outdoor patios in Grimsby’s Downtown. The program will provide local merchants with more options to open safely as the COVID-19 recovery effort continues in Grimsby and across the province. The program includes the following changes in the Downtown Improvement Area (DIA):

  • The closing of the street parking lane on the north side of Main Street West between Ontario Street and Mountain Road and funding for a concrete barrier to create space for outdoor patio expansions.

Outdoor patios support local business with their economic recovery during COVID-19. Finding a collaborative solution that meets the needs of the Downtown Grimsby Merchants was essential to moving this forward. “Expanding outdoor patios will help our restaurants and retail businesses attract local shoppers and create an exciting presence in the Downtown. Grimsby Council, the Downtown Improvement Areas and staff have worked hard to find a solution that supports local business and the needs of our residents. I am pleased that Council unanimously approved the outdoor patio permit temporary changes and staff will be working hard to expedite permit approvals and have the road ready in time for July 24th. Please do support all of our local businesses across the entire Town.” said Mayor Jeff Jordan.

"It was nine straight days of organized chaos to get everything ready to present to council on Monday night. Working with several Town staff members at all hours of the day and night as well as over the weekend we somehow got it done," said Mike Williscraft, president of Grimsby Downtown Improvement Area Board. "I appreciate the efforts of Town staff as well my board of directors as well as the downtown merchants and restaurant owners who saw me pop up in their inbox many times last week."

Main Street Road Closure

In order to complete the concrete barrier installation, Main Street West will be closed between Mountain Road and Ontario Street on Thursday July 23rd from 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Council made a historic leap forward in joining neighbouring municipalities of Pelham and Lincoln in partnership with Niagara Region. This is a very innovative and cost effective on demand service (NRT OnDemand). Residents can book a trip using a smart phone or by making a phone call when they need it “on demand.” The Town jointly with the Region will be providing more communication in the coming weeks as the service is expected to launch August 17th.


Harry Schlange
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Grimsby
905-945-9634 Ext. 2017

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