During daily public briefings in the week of March 30, the City forecast that it would issue new enforcement measures and road closures consistent with the Governor’s Stay Home Stay Safe order. Late Friday, in order to have these measures in place for the weekend, the Mayor issued two emergency regulations with the goals of protecting public safety and creating more open space for people to do solitary exercise in compliance with social distancing guidelines.
New Parking and Traffic Regulations
Burlington has new parking and traffic regulations as of 6 a.m. April 4. Parking on the east side of Pine Street from Lakeside Avenue to Maple Street (parallel to the closed section of the Burlington Greenway) is now prohibited to allow bikers, walkers and joggers to give each other appropriate space. Birchcliff Parkway is limited to local traffic only, with no through traffic allowed. Regarding these regulations, the Mayor said this:
“In response to overwhelming constituent outreach that the Bike Path and sidewalks were too crowded to stay compliant with social distancing guidelines, the City is limiting some streets to local traffic only in order to allow for individuals or households taking walks and exercising to more easily keep a 6-foot distance with others. These temporary measures will start this weekend and be expanded next weekend, and are intended to be in place only during the public health emergency. Public feedback on these measures is welcome and the City will consider making adjustments as this emergency evolves.”