After three-and-half months, the free parking that was available throughout Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic will be coming to an end this week, according to the Toronto police.
In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, the Toronto police said that parking enforcement had been suspended for a number of offences, such as on-street parking time limits.
However, now that the city is in Stage 2 of the province’s regional reopening of the economy and more restrictions are being lifted, the police said Tuesday that parking enforcement will be returning as of July 2 with a “phased-in approach over the next several weeks.”
Starting July 2, the Parking Enforcement Unit will be returning to the regular enforcement of on-street parking regulations with a phased-in approach over the next several weeks.
On Thursday, the following parking violations will be enforced in a regular and routine manner:
- Enforcement of change-over parking in areas where parking regulations require a change from one side of the street to the other;
- Enforcement of paid on-street parking regulations
The police said members of the public will be required to move their vehicles to the permitted side of the street and pay for on-street parking, where required.
Good Afternoon #Toronto ! As the city moves through stage 2 we @TorontoPolice wanna inform you all EFFECTIVE Thursday July 2nd, 2020 PAID-ON STREET/ METERED areas will be regularly enforced. Read & obey signs to avoid getting a ticket^eu @TrafficServices @TPScott_baptist pic.twitter.com/XTElNTL4Mx
— TPS Parking (@ParkingTPS) June 30, 2020
Parking Enforcement will continue to exercise discretion in other on-street areas and enforcement will only take place when necessary to ensure the safe flow of traffic.
The City says expired on-street parking permits can continue to be used while they work to reopen the permit office for online and phone permit sales later in the summer.