NEW YORK — Alternate side parking resumed Monday with new changes as New York City continues to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning June 29, streets in the five boroughs will be cleaned no more than once a week when alternate side parking is in effect, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week.
Dept. of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia spoke to the PIX11 Morning News about what new rules are in effect and what that means for New Yorkers.
Several neighborhoods had street cleanings scheduled several times a week. Under the new regulations, those streets would be cleaned on the latest day posted on the street’s sign, according to Garcia.
For instance, if residents currently need to move their car on Tuesday and Friday, they will just have to move it on Friday.
New rules do not apply to the metered areas, which are cleaned daily. Commercial streets are also not impacted by the new rules.
“We really see residents and businesses stepping up” to keep streets clean, Garcia said.
The commissioner, however, expressed concern that cleanliness will deteriorate as more people go out, but said the department wants “to make sure we get everywhere.”
With the exception of one week in May, alternate side parking in the five boroughs has been suspended since mid-March when the New York PAUSE plan went into effect to slow the spread of COVID-19, forcing most New Yorkers to stay home.