COVID-19: Edmonton making more room for pedestrians on two roads, eliminating beg buttons at 56 intersections

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The changes come after residents raised concerns about meeting the city’s two-metre physical distancing order on sidewalks without walking onto the street and breaking jaywalking rules. Interim city manager Adam Laughlin told council last week the city will continue to look at other options, including at local roads so residents don’t have to go far from their neighbourhoods.

“We all have an important role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. By working together to stay apart, whether we’re shopping for essential items or getting exercise outdoors, we can all help to protect our community’s health and safety,” Darryl Mullen, the city’s acting director of traffic operations, said in a news release Wednesday. “We know it’s important for Edmontonians to get outside during this time and these adjustments will help them do that while maintaining safe physical distance.”