Parking Rules Enforcement Resumes, Expanded Enforcement Suspended
Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz announced today during a virtual news conference that enforcement of parking violations, such as no parking zones, would resume today, and that previously approved changes to metered parking downtown would be suspended.
“Starting today, we will resume enforcement of parking in areas where parking is prohibited, and on May 18 metered parking enforcement will resume downtown,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “We have decided to suspend the changes to parking that were enacted last year, and were set to begin earlier this year. This is a decision we made jointly with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Now is not the right time to implement those changes.”
The changes that will be suspended include eliminating the free 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. parking, lengthening the hours during which people must pay to park, and expanding the parking enforcement area into UpTown and the Warehouse District.
The mayor also spoke about ways the city is assisting restaurants and bars.
“We are working right now with restaurants and bars so they can expand their footprints into the public right-of-way to allow them to meet social distancing requirements,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said, adding that this policy will begin May 29.
During the news conference, the mayor also:
- Urged Toledoans to complete the 2020 Census.
- Thanked Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for a donation of 7,000 face masks to the city.
- Urged Toledo microenterprises (businesses with five or less employees) to apply for the city’s new emergency microenterprise recovery grant (EMRG) program, which can be done at https://toledo.oh.gov/emrgrantthrough May 24.
The news conference was streamed live on the city’s Facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/cityoftoledo/. A recording can be downloaded until May 21, 2020at this link: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/a884afd38b21694bb8c8b2220bdf107120200514152527/c15725b9df7c9fea8063fd7370567dea20200514152527/349a5a.
The city of Toledo has compiled a list of services affected by COVID-19, and available resources, which can be found at this link: https://toledo.oh.gov/news/update-from-the-city-of-toledo-mayor/.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit www.LucasCountyHealth.com. The Lucas County Community COVID-19 call line numbers are 419-251-4000 (English only) and 419-291-5355 (multilingual). The public is asked to refrain from calling 911 unless it is a true emergency. Call 419-213-4161, press 4, and leave a message to report COVID-19 related matters. The Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 website is www.Coronavirus.Ohio.Govand the Ohio Department of Health hotline is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).