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Parking by a meter in downtown Salt Lake? Be prepared to pay for that again

By Carter Williams, | Posted - Aug. 10, 2020 at 1:33 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Citing a need for short-term parking that’s emerged over the summer, Salt Lake City officials will again enforce parking meter fares and time limitations Tuesday for the first time since March.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall signed a declaration to resume parking meter fares on July 28 but gave a two-week notice before the enforcement would begin. City parking enforcement officers issued warnings to parking violators after the order was signed, but citations will be issued starting Tuesday.

“We want to support our local businesses as they continue to grapple with the significant economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is one way the city can help,” Mendenhall said, in a prepared statement on July 28. “After consultation with local businesses that rely on curbside pickup to conduct business, a need for spots to change over more frequently became apparent.”

The city suspended parking fares and time limitations on March 29 as COVID-19 related closures created a need for more residential parking; at the same time, the business need for short-term parking dropped.

Salt Lake County officials first closed dine-in services and bars on March 16, and the state followed suit the following day. Many retail businesses, including City Creek Mall, closed prior to that because of COVID-19 concerns. Other retail businesses closed at about this same time.

Utah leaders allowed businesses to start reopening in May. Although Salt Lake City remains the only location in orange on the state’s color-coded risk phase scale, many businesses are once again functioning and it created the need for short-term parking.

Dee Brewer, executive director of the Downtown Alliance, explained that enforcing metered parking allows shoppers and diners to have more parking options.

“Shops and restaurants need street parking stalls to turn over frequently, particularly now with most customers picking up orders to go,” she said, in a statement on July 28.

The order issued by Mendenhall only affects the city’s metered parking. Motorists who legally park in non-metered parking stalls in the city won’t be affected.

Paid parking hours and time limits will be restored Tuesday. They run 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday with a 2-hour maximum. Parking is free on Saturday, but there’s also a 2-hour maximum for parking. There are no Sunday parking restrictions unless there is a posted message about it.

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