Watch where you park: Some areas still enforcing parking during coronavirus outbreak

painted parking sign on the asphalt(Getty Images/iStockphoto/Oleksandr Filon)

It might be tempting to ignore that “no parking” sign while many businesses and schools are closed, but in areas like Montgomery County, Maryland, parking authorities are still issuing tickets.

In a release, the county said drivers are encouraged to follow normal rules when parking during coronavirus closures. Restricted area parking violations, disabled parking and safety-related violations will be strictly enforced.

However, parking meter enforcement has been relaxed in areas where businesses remain open for quick pickups. This includes restaurants, pharmacies and grocery stores.

Enforcement has been suspended in residential permit zones with non-metered, on-street parking. Free parking has been extended in the county’s Bonifant/Dixon garage and the Auburn/Del Ray Garage in Bethesda.

But, other than that, parking in other garages along with limited and metered parking spots could get you a ticket in Montgomery County.

In D.C., all rush hour parking restrictions have been suspended but tickets are still being given out for safety violations including blocking a fire hydrant.

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Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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