Free parking was nice while it lasted, but Salt Lake City will require motorists to start paying again in two weeks.
The city had paused metered parking enforcement in March as part of its pandemic response. Officials now say businesses need parking fees and turnover to bring in more patrons.
“We are glad we were able to suspend enforcement for the time we did, and understand it was helpful [when] many street-level businesses were closed,” Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in a news release. “Now that they’ve reopened, there is a need for people to be able to access that convenient, short-term, on-street parking.”
The city will ramp up enforcement by issuing warnings over the next two weeks. After that, drivers will be required to pay $2.25 per hour to park their vehicles in designated areas from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and can only park at a stall for a maximum of two hours. Saturdays will be free with a two-hour maximum and Sundays will continue to have no restrictions.
Parking fees apply only to metered areas in the city.