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Wednesday, June 19, 2024
COVID-19: Letter: Old Town parking ban was unfair

Dear editor:

When we moved to the Old Town area of Niagara-on-the-Lake last December, we were so pleased to find a friendly town.

The COVID-19 crisis unveiled a very different side of this town.

The municipality's parking ban (since rescinded) and enforcement in the Old Town was not fair to people who live within the NOTL boundaries but found it too far to just walk to NOTL parks or the Niagara River. They have as much right as Old Town residents to enjoy it.

In general, visitors from out of town have the right to enjoy NOTL as long as they respect social distancing.

These are the people who are bringing the money in town.

We know that international tourism is not about to pickup anytime soon. Let’s respect Toronto visitors. We will need them.

I just read in your newspaper that people are urinating in public spaces because our public washrooms are closed. When you gotta go, you gotta go … I am not saying it is right, but I can see how someone would come to that.

Town council should think of the future. Instead of giving parking tickets, the town should make sure people respect social distancing and assist businesses to make visitors respect the rules.

Corinne Olivieri

NOTL

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