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Open Air Dunlop Continuing to Support Downtown Businesses

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, July 28, 2021 (Barrie, Ontario)

Open Air Dunlop Continuing to Support Downtown Businesses

The interest and support for Open Air Dunlop and the businesses of downtown Barrie continue to grow, and the event’s programming is growing too! Since June 12, the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) has been hosting Open Air Dunlop each weekend as a way to support the economic recovery of the small independent businesses in the downtown.

By closing Dunlop Street to vehicle traffic and opening it for the public to explore on foot, or by bike, scooter or skateboard, Open Air Dunlop creates a safe, physically distanced space for the public to support its local businesses.

Now that Ontario has entered Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopening, Open Air Dunlop is seeing a little more programming too. “We are excited to bring some additional pieces to downtown Barrie each Saturday for the public to enjoy,” mentioned Kelly McKenna, Executive Director of the Downtown Barrie BIA. “We’ve got some programming at the Meridian Place Stage, exciting pop-up performances, and, of course there’s the thrilling Ghost Watchers tour with Theatre By The Bay and the community tents at Meridian Place as well. Head on down and discover your City!”

While the Downtown Barrie BIA has wrapped up the pilot of Open Air Dunlop in the west end, they are continuing to pilot the event on Fridays before long weekends, including this Friday, July 30.

When you head downtown for Open Air Dunlop, look for personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation stations that are provided along Dunlop Street East as well as signage with reminders of recommended health and safety measures that the public are asked to follow, including physical distancing, washing hands often and wearing masks.

All downtown Barrie businesses will be following mandated health and safety protocols to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Regulatory updates will be communicated.

See you downtown!

For more information on Provincial health and safety regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit
For information on Theatre By The Bay’s The Ghost Watchers, visit