Boise eases off Downtown Boise parking meter enforcement

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With a drop in activity in Downtown Boise, city leaders adjusted how they enforce parking meters for now.

The city relaxed parking enforcement in the downtown area. Workers will continue to monitor pick-up/drop-off zones, Americans with Disabilities Act spaces and any hazardous parking situations.

Last week, the city marked off parking spaces in front of restaurants to allow for quick pickup of takeout food. The action came at the same time Boise Mayor Lauren McLean ordered dining rooms at the city’s restaurants to close.

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Some of the city employees who usually monitor the meters will work on other tasks.

“Several members of the team are being redeployed as social distancing ambassadors at park playgrounds and animal compliance educators,” City of Boise Communications Manager Lana Graybeal said.

Overall, activity in the downtown area dropped sharply. Data from the Capital City Development Corp. showed the number of spaces in use in its parking garages dropped by 45% in a single week.

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