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City of Barrie offers incentive to trade parking tickets for restaurant receipts amid indoor dining ban

File photo. The City of Barrie. Hannah Jackson / Global News

The City of Barrie is offering an incentive to support local businesses by trading parking tickets for restaurant meal receipts amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Officials said effective Jan. 18, residents who get a parking ticket in paid parking areas from the City can have that ticked nulled if they provide a receipt from a Barrie restaurant.

The amount on the meal receipt must be equal to or greater than the set fine — and within five days after getting the parking ticket.

Officials noted the set fine is on the bottom of the parking ticket.

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“The City is committed to finding creative ways to encourage residents to support local, Barrie-based restaurants through curbside pick-up and takeout options while provincial restrictions are in place,” officials said in a press release.

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The program was previously in place in April to June 2021 and was approved once again for 2022 as long as restaurants are closed for in-person dining and restricted to take out only due to COVID-19 mandates.

Officials said the program does not apply to tickets related to safety matters, or overnight on-street parking restrictions.

The City said requests for cancelling parking tickets with the restaurant receipt can be emailed to enforcement.services@barrie.ca.

 

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