Parking fees return to Sask. hospitals, health facilities on Aug. 4
Royal University Hospital is pictured in this file photo.
SASKATOON -- Anyone heading to a hospital, or any other Saskatchewan Health Authority facility, will need to have change with them next week.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority will resume paid parking at all SHA facilities effective Aug. 4.
“In early April, parking fees were suspended for patients, physicians, and staff to help support and prioritize the delivery of care and services and to help ease the burdens associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The SHA continues to resume health care services, which includes a return to paid parking,” the SHA said in a news release.
Family presence guidelines at all SHA facilities and long term care homes allow each patient/client/resident to have a family member or support person present.
"As these health care services resume, this will also include a return to paid parking, which ensure safe, accessible, priority parking is available for clients and patients, physicians and staff when needed," the SHA said in a statement to CTV News.
However the approaches of each facility may vary to reflect different considerations, the SHA says.
It is still being determined how much the suspension of paid parking cost the health authority.
With files from CTV News Regina's Marc Smith