Temporary changes to Downtown and South Pandosy business areas’ on-street parking rates

March 24, 2020

With significantly fewer vehicles parking in the Downtown and South Pandosy business areas, and to support restaurants moving to a take-out/delivery operating model, City Council agreed today to immediate, temporary changes in effect until May 31.

Data has shown that COVID-19 and the associated contagion prevention measures have reduced Downtown and South Pandosy on-street parking demand 60-70 per cent, while parkade occupancy levels are around half of normal. Staff anticipate that demand will continue to drop as additional businesses temporarily close and as more employees transition to remote working.

The changes, effective 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, are:

  • Any vehicle parking in an on-street pay parking stall within the Downtown or South Pandosy urban centre business areas may do so without payment, following the posted time limits;
  • Monthly permit customers not using their pass due to self-isolation, quarantine or working remotely may request a one-month deferral of parking fees for the month of April 2020 or May 2020 and may cancel their permit without the required 30-day notice and be added to the wait list.
  • Existing time restrictions will remain in effect to ensure on-street parking remains open for short-term/customer use and is not being used for long-term parking

“It’s important that we support local businesses and their employees in these challenging times. These changes are to support short-term parking for businesses so all other rates, policies and time restrictions will remain unchanged as a disincentive for people to park for extended periods of time,” Dave Duncan, Parking Services Manager.

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