Parking Changes Due to COVID-19


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Stay home. Stay healthy.  At the City of Salem, we're following the Governor's Executive Order of March 23, 2020 and hope you will too. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce opportunities for continued transmission of the virus, we are making changes to some of our programs and services.

Check the City's COVID-19 information center for all City service impacts.

Parking changes

More short-term parking downtown.  We've temporarily converted several downtown parking spaces to 15-minute 'To Go' spaces to allow downtown restaurant patrons to pick up food and beverages. 15-minute parking signs have been installed throughout downtown.

Effective July 1, 2020

Downtown Salem. Enforcement hours will change to Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and enforcement of the 3-hour time limit for on-street parking begins.

Parking meters and pay stations. Parking fees will be required at all City-owned parking meters and pay stations.

Chemeketa, Marion  and Liberty Parkades . Parking permits will be required for employees or downtown residents who park in Chemeketa, Marion, and Liberty Parkades. For more information on permits, email [email protected].

Do you work or own a business Downtown?

If your business is in the Downtown Salem Parking District, and you are closed due to COVID-19, you can take a tax holiday. Please let us know by emailing [email protected]  if your business is temporarily or permanently closed, or even if you are open but experiencing financial hardships due to the Coronavirus. 

If you typically work downtown and have a permit to park in one of the City parking garages, if you no longer need your permit, parking permit holders are encouraged to cancel their parking permits  by sending an email to [email protected] and letting us know that you need to cancel your parking permit.