Lawrence suspends parking enforcement for at least 2 weeks

photo by: Nick Krug/Journal-World File Photo

A City of Lawrence parking ticket is pictured in this file photo from March 2011.

Lawrence has suspended enforcement of parking meters, lots and garages for at least two weeks, the city announced Tuesday.

The change comes as many city services and downtown Lawrence businesses limit operations because of the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

The city said in a news release that it will still ticket illegally parked vehicles, including those in front of fire hydrants and in no parking zones, as well as vehicles parked in accessible spaces without proper tags.

The city on Monday canceled all nonessential dockets in Lawrence Municipal Court, which handles city ordinance violations including traffic and parking tickets. Defendants with pending traffic or parking cases will be notified of a new court date by phone and mail, the city previously said.

Before the city resumes regular parking enforcement, it will make another announcement on its website and social media channels.

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