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Fredericton to resume collecting parking fees on April 27

Fredericton says it will begin reinstating parking payments on April 27. 2020. Megan Yamoah / Global News

The City of Fredericton will reinstate parking fees for municipal meters, lots and parking garages this Monday.

It has been a little over a month since the city suspended parking fees in an effort to encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, the city is moving to reintroduce parking fees “in support of downtown businesses that have been offering take-out, pick-up and delivery services.”

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In a press release, the city says this is also being done in advance of businesses gradually reopening when New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health “provides a path forward.”

Staff will follow COVID-19 safety protocols and ensure parking equipment are cleaned frequently.

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The city recommends downloading the HotSpot app to pay for parking and avoid contact with parking meters or pay stations.

“The key to a vibrant downtown is a diverse variety of businesses and a steady turnover of available short-term customer parking, supported by longer-term employee parking options,” said Matt Savage, president of Downtown Fredericton.

“While some of our members were able to offer take-out and delivery services, others are now gradually preparing to reopen with appropriate safety protocols and welcome customers back to heart of the city.”

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Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien said that the decision to reinstate parking payments is a first step in the direction of things returning to normal.

“We have observed that some people are using metered parking for long-term, multi-hour parking. As things start to loosen up, we want to be ready to support businesses in their reopening.”

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