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Glendale stops ticketing cars during street sweeping as part of coronavirus response

Glendale meter maids won't be handing out tickets to cars parked in residential areas during street-sweeping hours throughout at least the end of March. It's one of several emergency actions city officials have taken as a result of the coronavirus that was first confirmed to have arrived in the city on Monday.
Glendale meter maids won’t be handing out tickets to cars parked in residential areas during street-sweeping hours throughout at least the end of March. It’s one of several emergency actions city officials have taken as a result of the coronavirus that was first confirmed to have arrived in the city on Monday.
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Glendale will stop ticketing cars in residential areas during street-sweeping times until at least the end of March, as part of the city’s emergency response to the novel coronavirus.

The announcement, made yesterday on Twitter and Nextdoor, came a day after Los Angeles announced it would be suspending street-sweeping restrictions and relaxing some other parking rules.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the measures were taken to alleviate some stress from people who are stuck at home because of the virus.

“There’s no need to worry about the financial cost of keeping your car at home while you practice safe social distancing,” Garcetti said. “You help our city ‘flatten the curve.’”

Glendale now has four confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to the most recent report by the L.A. County Department of Health.

On Monday, Glendale officials announced that local residents would not lose water or power service for unpaid bills throughout the end of April, as an attempt to ease the potential financial strain caused by the virus that causes COVID-19.

Suspensions have been halted “to give the opportunity for folks to make payments, as necessary, if they need to, based on any sort of financial changes that may have happened in their lives, based on COVID-19,” City Manager Yasmin Beers said during an emergency meeting held Monday afternoon.

During the same meeting, City Council members declared a local state of emergency and enacted a host of measures aimed at reducing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, including limiting restaurants to serving takeout or to-go items. Bars and nightclubs with no food service must shutter.

Movie theaters, live-entertainment venues, gyms, fitness centers and bowling alleys also must close.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, farmer’s markets and food banks will remain open.

By declaring a local state of emergency, the city can take some actions without council approval or holding public hearings.

The emergency order is in effect until March 31.

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