Downtown Street Closure

Photo from 2019.
Currently, physical distancing between tables is in place.

Road Closure on Weekends

Please be advised that St. Paul Street, between William Street and Carlisle Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate restaurant patios to open on the sidewalks and for the street itself to become a pedestrian walkway, while still being available to open if needed for emergency access.

Retailers on St. Paul Street will also be permitted to put displays on the sidewalk in front of their stores during the hours of the weekend street closures. We encourage all businesses to animate their sidewalks along St. Paul Street, creating a safe and welcoming outdoor zone.

This weekend’s street closure hours are:

Friday July 3        3:00pm to 11:00pm

Saturday July 4   9:00am to 11:00pm

Sunday July 5    10:00am to 9:00pm

To avoid towing, please do not park on St. Paul Street between William and Carlisle during the times of the street closure. Residents and businesses in the closure area can use the City’s Meridian Centre and David S. Howes parking lots.

As physical distancing continues to be recommended as a way to contain COVID-19, the road closures will continue on weekends throughout the summer and possibly into the fall (end date to be determined). As you visit the shops and outdoor patios in Downtown St. Catharines, please:

– observe each establishment’s requirements for safety. Some businesses may require that you wear a mask or face covering to enter; others will request that you use hand sanitizer upon entry, etc.

– respect physical distancing as you walk on the road allowance

– give space to other customers on outdoor patios and in retail stores

– be kind and generous with your wait staff or store employees

A regularly updated list of all of our downtown businesses that are open can be found at Support Downtown Businesses

Please read the joint news release from the City of St. Catharines and the St. Catharines Downtown Association regarding the street closure.

Curbside Pick Up

To make it easier for those picking up take-out orders and making quick shopping stops at St. Paul Street businesses, there are Curbside Pick Up zones on Queen Street and James Street near St. Paul. Also, the St. Catharines Downtown Association will be securing a number of spots in the parking lot located at 135 St. Paul Street, accessible by Summer Street (between Pizza Pizza and Daisy Duke’s), to serve as a place for free short-term (15 minute) parking. Look for these signs:

Temporary Patios

Downtown restaurants and bars can apply to the City of St. Catharines for temporary patios. Applications will be for temporary patios on private property, on the municipal sidewalk in front of the restaurant and/or public parking space or spaces in front of the establishment. Restaurants and bars can find a temporary patio application form, as well as a site plan checklist, on the City’s website:

It is necessary for businesses to have a current and valid Business Licence from the City in order to apply. Once completed, all materials are to be sent by email to:

We ask that business members email or call us after this weekend to let us know how the street closure impacted their business. Your input is important to us as we plan for upcoming weekend street closures.

During regular office hours, you may contact us by email at or, or by phone 905-685-8424. 

Thanks to Giant Shoe Creative Agency for our downtown photography.