Penticton waives parking fees at meters

Free parking on city streets

Don't plug the meter in Penticton until May 30. 

Fees have been waived on Penticton city streets to support quick visits into the downtown core amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

"This decision supports shorter visits to businesses and access to essential services in our downtown through this difficult period," said Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki.

"It also recognizes the current reduction in parking activity overall and the reduced requirement to empty meters, thereby allowing our bylaw officers to respond to other more pressing needs across our community."

The Downtown Penticton Association calls it a benefit to businesses. 

"Providing free metered parking downtown is a first and timely step toward supporting those businesses that are currently operating during this challenging time," DPA executive director Lynn Allin said. 

Monthly parking at the City's scramble and reserved lots, as well as hourly pay stationed lots, are not affected by this change. All traffic bylaws remain in effect, except for paid on-street parking restrictions. 

"While parking is free, the time restrictions will remain to discourage the long-term use of on-street parking spaces," said bylaw supervisor Tina Siebert. 

The city will revisit the decision to offer free on-street parking in advance of May 30, 2020. 

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