Health-care workers and the general public who have to visit a hospital in Alberta will be saved the parking fees they’d usually have to pay.
The Province of Alberta has directed Alberta Health Services to suspend hospital parking fees as of April 3 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The measure was announced in a press release from the provincial government, stating that the removal of parking fees was done to make like a little easier for the many health care workers who have to work at a variety of sites.
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“Health-care workers and the general public should not have to worry about paying for parking in the midst of responding to COVID-19,” said Minister of Health Tyler Shandro in the release.
“Our government will provide whatever resources are needed to protect Albertans during the COVID-19 emergency.”
The measure will also reduce the chances of coronavirus being spread via the touch screens and buttons at the payment sites, the release states.
Those parking at Alberta hospitals are still expected to respect spaces reserved for staff and emergencies.
The suspension of parking fees means an estimated loss of $7.6 million per month in revenue.
British Columbia has also made parking free at hospitals, and the release states that other jurisdictions are expected to follow suit.