Part of Government Street will be closing to daytime vehicle traffic in an attempt to support local businesses, the City of Victoria says.

The closure is set to run from Humboldt Street to View Street, prohibiting vehicle traffic from noon to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

According to the City, this move is intended to provide more space for pedestrians visiting local stores and outdoor patios.

“With patio culture in full swing downtown, the Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) invites everyone to enjoy a vibrant Government Street as we emerge from a challenging time,” said Jeff Bray, Executive Director of the DVBA.

New passenger and commercial loading zones, as well as accessible parking stalls, have been installed on and adjacent to the corridor.

The loading zones on Government Street will be available for commercial deliveries until noon.

Emergency vehicles will continue to have 24 access to the street, and the 900-block of Government Street will remain open to vehicles 24/7 to maintain vehicle circulation during the Customs House construction.

To make the venue more welcoming for pedestrian traffic, the City says they have installed new seating, planters and picnic tables in the corridor. New artwork installations and pop-up performances with local musicians and other artists are also planned.

The closure has come into effect as of June 11, 2021. No end date was specified by the City in their announcement.

Downtown parking rates at all city parkades have also been adjusted to $2/hour.

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