Starting April 3, parking at all AHS facilities will be free to health-care workers and the general public.
Many health-care workers and physicians are working from home and others need to work at a variety of sites. The Alberta government said removing parking fees and the need for parking passes will make these transitions easier. The change will also reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread from touch screens and buttons at payment sites.
“Health-care workers and the general public should not have to worry about paying for parking in the midst of responding to COVID-19. Our government will provide whatever resources are needed to protect Albertans during the COVID-19 emergency," said Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health.
While parking will be free, visitors are asked to be respectful of spaces allocated for staff, including those for emergency use. Alberta joins British Columbia in the decision to suspend parking fees for health care workers, at an estimated loss of $7.6 million a month.
Parking violations, such as parking in fire lanes, will continue to be enforced. The temporary suspension is set to end when visitor restrictions are lifted.