Municipal parking operations during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Downtown Peterborough

During the period of the provincial emergency declaration, the City is not requiring people to pay for on-street parking or parking in municipal surface lots. In this time of need, the City will be donating any money deposited into the pay-and-display meters to Kawartha Food Share and it encourages all members of the public who need to park downtown to pay for their parking anyway – in support of this great cause.

“While we’re all concerned about the health and wellbeing of our loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic, none of us should have to worry about putting food on the table,” Mayor Diane Therrien said. “Food banks are even more important during emergencies and challenging economic times. Please donate, if you can.”

Paying for parking is still required at municipal parking garages and the City will continue to offer one hour of free parking at all parking garages.

Community organizations are having a hard time providing meal programs during this emergency with the need to follow social distancing guidelines and with volunteers needing to self-isolate in some cases. Donating to Kawartha Food Share will help ensure that our community’s food banks will have food for people who need assistance.

Parking fees can be paid at pay-and-display machines, parking meters or using the Hot Spot parking app. The City encourages people to use the online method through Hot Spot parking, when possible, to reduce the physical exchange of cash.

Kawartha Food Share can leverage every $1 it receives in donations into $6 worth of food assistance.

Enforcement of parking

During this period, the City needs to maintain some level of parking enforcement to ensure that emergency services can still safely access neighbourhoods and that community services such as garbage and recycling collection and public transit can continue to be delivered.

The City’s going to take a more moderate approach to parking enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic, Therrien said.

“Parking enforcement is going to focus on critical spaces such as maintaining emergency access and keeping streets clear for transportation needs,” Therrien said. “At the same time, it’s going to use discretion in recognition of the personal and economic pressures being felt in the community.”

In residential areas: Enforcement will be focused on illegal parking in front of hydrants, blocking bus stops/no stopping zones, and ensuring people are parking on the right side of the street in calendar parking areas. Parking on both sides of the streets in some areas can restrict traffic movement and cause problems for emergency access.

In the downtown/Central Area: Enforcement will be focused on illegal parking in front of hydrants, blocking bus stops/no stopping zones, commercial loading zones, and accessible parking spaces.  The City asks that residents and business owners continue to respect the two-hour parking limit for on-street parking spaces to make sure those who need convenient parking locations have that ability and it encourages those who need more time to use the municipal surface lots. Enforcement of the two-hour limit for on-street parking will continue where and when necessary to ensure equitable access to on-street parking spaces, but enforcement staff will exercise some additional discretion before issuing tickets.

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For additional information, member of the media are invited to contact:
Manager of Communication Services
705-742-7777 ext. 1636