City responds to concerns around General Hospital parking
The City of Regina is working to hear and understand the needs of residents during this time and are responding to changing conditions as they arise. After significant concern raised by health care professionals working at Regina’s General Hospital, the City of Regina is taking measures to relax enforcement and forgive tickets issued since the response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus began.
All non-safety-related parking tickets issued in the area surrounding the Regina General Hospital since the City’s initial COVID-19 statement last Friday, March 13, will be cancelled. Parking enforcement in the area will also be relaxed to recognize the work of medical health professionals. Tickets will still be issued in cases that present significant or imminent safety concerns, such as vehicles parked in front of fire hydrants, too close to a corner, or blocking a driveway.
“We have heard the concerns raised by staff at the General Hospital,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “We recognize that these are unusual circumstances and health care professionals are more limited in their movement than ever and we need to respond in kind. We thank them for their hard work combatting the virus and helping to keep Reginans safe and healthy.”
The City of Regina has been working with the Saskatchewan Health Authority on options for staff providing critical care to support the COVID-19 response. The City has not issued any parking tickets for time zone violations in the General Hospital area since the provincial state of emergency was declared at 3 p.m. on March 18. As part of our efforts to help ease the burden on residents, Council will be reviewing additional parking enforcement considerations at the special meeting at 10 a.m. on March 20, 2020.