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Alexandria Suspends Additional Parking Restrictions

Alexandria is cutting down its parking enforcement even further as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The city said on its website that the changes in parking enforcement were aimed at helping the disrupted routines caused by working from home and other effects of social distancing.

“To assist vehicle owners who are now working from home, caring for others, or trying to ensure the flow of goods and services, the City has suspended enforcement of the following parking restrictions until further notice,” the city said.

The biggest change is the elimination of time restrictions for general public parking in residential zones and time restrictions and meter fees for blocks with pay stations.

The suspension of enforcement is an expansion of the policies from two weeks ago, which suspended enforcement of parking restrictions for residential street sweeping and for the prohibition on vehicles parking on the street for more than 72 hours.

The full list of waived parking restrictions:

  • Time restrictions for the general public in residential parking permit zones. (Signs in these zones include the language “residential permit exempt.”)
  • Weekend time restrictions and meter fees on blocks with pay stations. (Time restrictions and meter fees on blocks with pay stations will continue to be enforced on weekdays.)
  • Time restrictions for street sweeping. (Signs pertaining to these restrictions prohibit parking during a one-hour window on a particular day of the week.)
  • The prohibition against parking on the street for more than 72 hours.
  • The requirement to display a valid state inspection sticker.

The city noted that parking restrictions are still being enforced in areas that are prohibited “no parking” zones.

“All other time restrictions not listed above, such as 15-minute spaces or time limits in commercial corridors, will continue to be enforced,” the city said. “Parking enforcement officers will have the discretion to enforce suspended restrictions in exceptional circumstances where a significant traffic safety or community concern exists, or as necessary to ensure the safe and orderly movement of vehicles.”

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