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City institutes free 2-hour parking

The move is intended to support local businesses amid COVID-19 pandemic
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Residents will be able to park free for up to two hours. (Leith Dunnick,

THUNDER BAY – In a bid to support local businesses struggling under the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Thunder Bay has announced all on-street metered parking will be free for a maximum of two hours.

In a release, the city says the move, which is effective at least through April 30, is intended to “facilitate easy and timely pick-up and drop off at local businesses.”

The Ford government ordered bars and restaurants closed with a provincial declaration of emergency Tuesday. Those businesses are still permitted to provide takeout and delivery service, however.

The city is also suspending the aging process for parking tickets handed out retroactive to March 1, until at least April 30. That means citizens can delay payment without fear of escalating fines.

However, the Parking Authority is still accepting payments by mail, in its drop-boxes located outside parkades, and in person – but by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 625-2370. The city is only accepting debit or credit cards at this time.