Hourly Parking Payments Waived to Support Essential Travel

Published on: 2020/03/19 - in Releases

RELEASE — The City is waiving hourly parking payments in an effort to better support the essential travel needs of residents and commuters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recognize that daily travel patterns for many in our community have changed and we want to ensure that parking remains available and accessible to those who require it. These parking changes are being implemented to support essential travel needs as recommended by KFL&A Public Health during this time.

Until further notice, hourly parking payments will no longer be enforced for public parking. This applies to:

  • On-street parking spaces
  • Surface parking lots
  • City parking garages

All public parking will remain open to serve the downtown and hospital areas. Gates at City parking garages will be lifted to allow vehicles to enter and exit without making payment. These changes are effective immediately.

Parking demand is expected to remain high in areas that surround hospitals, particularly for accessible parking spaces and short-term parking zones. We ask that residents keep in mind the needs of others when selecting a parking location and, where possible, park in areas that have lower demand.

As an additional measure, the City will also be lifting the overnight winter parking regulations effective immediately. These regulations are normally in place until March 31.

Other parking regulations will continue to be enforced during this time, with a focus on safety and transportation-related concerns such as accessible parking, transit stops, and no parking or stopping areas. As of Wednesday, March 18, restrictions for on-street time-of-day parking are no longer in effect.

The situation is evolving rapidly, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of the community as we continue to adjust City services in response to COVID-19.

Also: Queen’s University offering free parking to support hospital staff

As part of the university’s growing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Queen’s is now offering free parking on two of its largest lots to heath care staff who work at the nearby Kingston Health Sciences Centre.

Parking will be now be available at the Tindall Parking Lot, located at Albert and Union streets, and the former site of St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital, on Union Street, without permits from March 18 through April 5, 2020.

Source: Queen’s Gazette

RELATED: Stay up-to-date with the City of Kingston’s COVID-19 Precautions page and find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 on the KFL&A Public Health’s site.

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