Toronto CurbTO registrations re-opened to support local businesses

Nov 27 2020, 6:50 am

As Toronto remains in lockdown, the City has decided to re-open registration for CurbTO temporary parking pick-up zones to help main street businesses.

According to the city, this past summer, there were about 200 Temporary Parking Pick-Up Zones, giving potential customers and delivery couriers the ability to grab their items and go.

Having launched back in April, the program helped hundreds of locations while keeping people safe and abiding by public health direction.

“This virus continues to threaten the health and safety of our residents and hurt our local, small businesses. Even in lockdown and while we all follow the advice of our public health officials and stay home as much as possible, we will not stop doing everything we can to find safe ways to support these businesses,” said Mayor John Tory.

“Bringing back registration for our CurbTO temporary parking zones will make it safer, more convenient and easier for pick-ups and deliveries is a common-sense way we can help.”

During Toronto’s lockdown, this effort may help stop the spread of the virus as Torontonians go out for essential items.

In an effort to continuously help local restaurants, the provincial government introduced the Supporting Local Restaurants Act, 2020, which would “cap” fees that are charged by food delivery companies where indoor dining is prohibited.

This proposal is also something Tory heavily supports.

The city encourages businesses with available nearby parking lots to use the space to their advantage and accommodate temporary curbside pick-up.

“Blue signs are put in place to identify the temporary parking locations, and City staff are working with Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement to plan enforcement and help ensure that the designated parking locations are used appropriately,” said the city.

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