Officials said suspending fees was effort to support restaurant pickup, delivery services.

PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - From March 2020 to July 2021, you no longer had to plug a meter to park in downtown Oregon City, although officers still checked for illegal parking in disabled zones. On July 19, parking meters will again become operational in downtown Oregon City.

City budgets went without revenue from parking meters starting in March 2020 to prevent people from having to touch meters in downtown Oregon City, potentially spreading COVID-19 on these surfaces. City officials said the suspension of fines was also an effort to support restaurant pickup and delivery services, as in-person restaurant dining was banned for months under Gov. Kate Brown's orders to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

City officials continued to enforce two-hour time limits, disabled parking, 10-foot clearance zones around fire hydrants, loading zones and other "no parking" zones to promote safety.

Metered parking spaces will be active 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. City officials said the fees help encourage use of downtown spaces for short-term, limited-duration parking.

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