Free parking to finish at Alberta Health Services hospitals

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Alberta Health Services is reinstating hospital parking fees – for employees on August 31 and for the public on September 1.The move is part of a return to normalcy as Alberta revives, according to a press release Thursday.

Parking fees help control traffic and keep facilities accessible, according to the press release.

AHS hospitals include the University of Alberta Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Rockyview General Hospital, and Red Deer Regional Hospital Center.

Public rates will not change. Staff and members of the public are encouraged to park in designated areas.

In April, parking fees were suspended to facilitate site transitions for health professionals and reduce the risk of the spread of touch screens and buttons on automatic payment machines.

AHS Parking Services has already implemented improved cleaning and will regularly clean all payment machines, the statement said. Signs encouraging physical distancing will also be placed in parking lots.

Meters and parking lots accept cash and coins, but AHS encourages the use of its parking app, available for free on iPhone and Android devices.

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