Hamilton

Paid parking is back and city asks HSR riders to wear masks

With stores starting to open up again the city has announced drivers will have to start paying to park their cars again.

There's a 30-minute grace period at parking meters

Paid parking is back in Hamilton at municipal lots and parking meters starting this week. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Paid parking is back at all municipal lots and parking meters in Hamilton.

With stores starting to open up again the city has announced drivers will have to start paying to park their cars again.

In order to support those businesses getting back to work with curbside pickups and delivery, a 30-minute grace period is in place at all meters.

Monthly permits from March or April will be good at municipal lots through May, but the city says starting in June they'll have to be renewed.

Officials are also reminding HSR riders that customers using the transit service are asked to consider wearing a mask or face covering.

While it's not mandatory, the city says it can help protect others in spaces where physical distancing can be difficult.

The HSR is still only for essential travel, states a media release and drivers will be working to keep riders safe by limiting the number of people boarding to 10 or 15 customers.