RACINE — Gone are the days where you can park at a meter without paying.
The city of Racine announced Wednesday that metered parking will require payment once again, beginning June 1.
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In March, Racine limited all meter parking to 2 hours. However, there was no payment necessary. Additionally, meters were blocked off in front of restaurants and bars so those places could offer curbside pickup.
The city of Racine will keep meters bagged in front of restaurants and bars for pickup, however all other meters will require payment.
“As people begin to go back into our shops and restaurants, we need turnover at parking spaces and having to plug a meter helps encourage that," said Mayor Cory Mason. "Having the bagged meters for quick access for pick-up is a great option for community members who are being understandably cautious as we open things up."