The Downtown Tillsonburg Business Improvement Area (BIA) board has ordered the immediate retrieval of all BIA owned benches from the downtown core in response to COVID-19 concerns.

“We encourage people to follow social distancing measures while in the downtown core for their essential shopping,” says Cedric Tomico, Board Chair. “We are removing benches as a way to discourage people from congregating in groups and putting our community at risk.”

These benches will be removed Wednesday, April 1, 2020 and remain off the street until they are informed by levels of government that the social distancing measures are lifted. At that time, other street furniture will be placed throughout the core alongside the benches.

Those looking for ways to stay connected and support downtown businesses during the pandemic can visit the BIA Blog at

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