Crystal Schick/Yukon News A car sits parked at an expired meter on Main Street on July 16, 2019. The City of Whitehorse announced March 21 that transit and parking meter fees are being waived until at least April 13 in light of COVID-19.

Downtown parking meter fees return on Monday

Off-street lots remain free until July 31 and downtown parkade to remain closed until end of July

Drivers will have to plug parking meters downtown again starting Monday.

As part of its pandemic response, the city waived parking fees for on-street and off-street parking in mid-March.

“Now that businesses are starting to resume operations in the downtown area, the city will begin to reinstate fees and enforcement in a phased approach and in alignment with the Phase 2 of the provincial relaunch,” says the city in a Wednesday news release.

City lots and monthly parking spaces will be continue to be offered for free until July 31. Sorensen Station parkade will remain closed until July 31.

“We were pleased to have been able to suspend fees in the downtown and provide some relief to visitors and staff in the area during the initial phases of COVID-19. As the downtown starts to open up and businesses resume operations, it is in the best interest to begin reinstating fees for not only financial reasons, but to ensure parking is available to visitors who need it,” says city inspections and licensing manager Erin Stuart.

“Our approach balances the needs for those that may have returned to work in the downtown, with those businesses that wish to provide parking for their customers.”

For more city COVID-19 updates go to www.reddeer.ca/covid-19.



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