(Photo / Victoria Buzz)

Uptown Shopping Centre provided an update today announcing that they have closed off a portion of their main boulevard to vehicle traffic, in an effort to make the area accessible to pedestrians only.

The changes have taken place to give shoppers more space for physical distancing, coinciding with B.C. entering Phase 2 of its re-opening plan, following the economic shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubbed ‘Pedestrian Boulevard’, Uptown has allocated the space from Famous Footwear to The North Face store for pedestrians only.

According to the shopping centre’s website, pedestrians are encouraged to walk along Uptown Boulevard, leaving the sidewalks available for retailer line-ups.

Vehicular access to the Boulevard will be limited to the Carey Road and Douglas Street entrances.

A small section of the boulevard between Browns Social House, Zennkai Salon and The North Face will remain open for one-hour vehicle parking and 15-minute drop off parking.

One-hour parking will still be available on the west side of H&M, and the roundabout in front of Best Buy will also remain open, but with limited access from Douglas Street.

Here’s a look at the newly designated Pedestrian Boulevard at Uptown: