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Pay parking at B.C. hospitals suspended amid pandemic

Hospital pay parking paused

The B.C. Government is suspending pay parking at hospitals and health authority-owned properties starting April 1. 

Health Minister Adrian Dix made the announcement Monday during the provincial update on the coronavirus pandemic. 

Dix said the move will make it easier for people to abide by social distancing rules and avoid touching the payment kiosks.

“Discontinuing the use of pay parking machines reduces the risk of potential spread of infection and also supports physical distancing measures that have been mandated by the Provincial Health Officer,” Interior Health said in a statement shortly after Dix made the announcement. 

All staff, whether they are working from home or at health authority sites, will also temporarily have parking payroll deductions suspended.

“Interior Health reminds everyone about the importance of limiting close contact with others by staying a minimum of six feet apart outside our homes, frequent handwashing, using virtual options to connect with others, limiting shopping to only essential outings, avoiding large gatherings, and staying home if you are sick."

 



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