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Parking enforcement will begin again June 1

HRM has lost an estimated $450,000 for each month they haven't been collecting parking fees
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A parking meter in Halifax (Meghan Groff/

Halifax Regional Municipality will once again be collecting money from parking meters beginning next month.

The city issued a media release on Friday morning that says paid parking, hourly parking signs, and enforcement will all resume on June 1.

The release indicates this change comes along with the province's easement of restrictions and businesses return to operations.

For parking meters, this also includes the HotSpot app. "All parking meters will be "on" and all areas across the municipality," says HRM.

Time-restricted parking with ranges between "15-minute" parking and "2-hour" parking, as well as loading zones, will also be timed and enforced beginning that day.

"New temporary 15-minute parking zones have been installed to facilitate the short- term pick up needs of restaurants and other business.," says HRM.

The change will come after parking has been free since March 19, costing the city an estimated $450,000 each month for just over two months.

Accessible parking, tow-away zones, and transit priority lanes have not been affected by the pandemic and will continue to be enforced.

In terms of parking permits, the municipality says those expiring between March and June -- including monthly permits and residential parking permits -- will remain valid until customer service centres re-open.

Once service centres re-open, the city will communicate next steps through its COVID website.

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