Baltimore will resume enforcement of all parking meters beginning Monday, city officials said Wednesday, the latest coronavirus-related measure to lift in the city.
The move will come almost a month after the city entered Phase Two of its reopening plan, which allows indoor dining at 50% capacity, and as the city has continued to phase out nearly 300 older “pay and display” meters in favor of newer, electronic meters that do not require placing a receipt on the dashboard.
Enforcing parking meters “supports the turnover of on-street parking spaces available to patrons of local shops, restaurants, businesses and attractions,” according to the city.
“While we continue to work to combat the spread of COVID-19, I am pleased that Baltimore City has successfully shifted into its second phase of reopening businesses and services,” Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said in a statement. “As people continue to move around and be outside, it is important as we continue through Phase Two that we return many of our services to help our economy recover.”
Many of the newer, electronic meters have been installed since late 2019, many during the pandemic, according to the city. Instead of printing a ticket to place on their dashboard, drivers enter their license plate number at the beginning of the transaction, which still accepts cash, coins, credit cards and debit cards. Motorists should not park at meters that are bagged or inoperable.
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation’s traffic officers, who also serve as meter maids, will “continue to focus on citing immediate safety and pedestrian issues,” said Director Steve Sharkey.
“This revised approach to metered parking enforcement supports access to local businesses that are resuming operations to serve city residents,” Sharkey said in a statement. “As businesses begin to return to normal, we recognize how essential parking is to area residents and business patrons.”