Mayor de Blasio announced in a press conference this afternoon that Alternate Side Parking will be suspended for an additional two weeks, through at least April 14.
He previously had only been suspending it for a few days or a week at a time during the coronavirus pandemic, leaving New Yorkers frustrated that they were being told to stay home for safety—seemingly except to move their cars, or risk a ticket.
when NYC won’t cancel alternate side parking pic.twitter.com/A2lrMbg68Q
— Ben Detrick (@bdetrick) March 17, 2020
@NYCMayorsOffice @NYGovCuomo Why isn’t alternate side of the street Parking suspended until 4/30? What happens to staying home?If people that did not want to leave their homes are now forced to do so if we have to move our cars everyday?
— YOTasso (@TassoYo) March 31, 2020
@NYCASP why is alternate side parking not suspended after March 31?! NY has an extremely high rate of COVID-19 cases and making them go out to move their cars will actually make shit worse. Can we use our brains for once?!!!
— Suheiry Rivera (@suheiry72) March 31, 2020
So, uh, @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio, how about suspending that alternate side parking again? You know, so we don't all break social distancing to move our cars? Maybe we should, I dunno, suspend it for longer than a week so this doesn't become my new Tuesday twitter ritual?
— Ariella Axelbank (@AlleiraKnablexa) March 31, 2020
Luckily, he just announced that it would be suspended through April 14, totaling at least four weeks since it was first suspended because of the pandemic.
“Few issues stir the hearts of New Yorkers more than alternate side parking,” he said with a smirk. “Well, I’m sorry it’s because of coronavirus, but I can at least give you a little good news in your day: alternate side parking will be suspended for the next two weeks at least through Tuesday, April 14.
“So leave your cars where they are. It’s one less hassle and fewer people having to go out of their homes to deal with it. And we will be looking again after the two weeks to see what’s the right thing to do at that point.”
Technically it will actually suspended through Friday, April 17 because of holidays including Passover, Orthodox Holy Thursday, as well as Orthodox Good Friday.