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April 6, 2020

Seattle suspends paid parking

SEATTLE — The city is suspending all paid parking and hourly time limits on city streets, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

The new parking rules are in reaction to the COVID-19 public health crisis and Gov. Jay Inslee's “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.

No payment will be required on streets with paid parking, and hourly time limits will not be enforced outside restricted parking zones (RPZs).

Parking in loading zones is allowed up to 30 minutes, and includes new food pick-up zones.

Special zones will still be in effect, including new zones for hospital workers, as well as existing zones for freight, food trucks and charter buses.

No-parking zones, including those during a specified time, will still be enforced. So will the time limits in RPZs, to allow neighborhood residents to find parking near their homes.

The city is also suspending enforcement of the 72-hour rule, including for recreational vehicles.

The city says changes will remain in effect until further notice.

Paid parking will be phased back in after the stay home order is lifted.

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