New Hope Mayor Larry Keller on Thursday rescinded the emergency parking regulations he proclaimed in April.
Regular parking rules will take effect again at 10 a.m. Friday.
Keller issued emergency regulations April 9 limiting parking on South Main Street to a maximum of 15 minutes and only for the purpose of picking up takeout food.
The borough imposed the restrictions to stop visitors from congregating on South Main Street in violation of social distancing recommendations designed to limit the spread of covid-19.
“There have been a very large number of visitors to the borough who have been frequenting the area of South Main Street,” read the mayor’s April proclamation. “These visitors have been in violation of the social distancing rules put in place by the PA Department of Health and PA Governor’s Office. They have also been congregating in groups of ten or more to consume the takeout food that is being made available by the eating establishments of South Main Street.”
The regulations had been enforced on South Main Street from Bridge Street to Route 232, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
On 6/23//2020 My wife and a other couple decided to visit New Hope. We felt with everything going on we should support small towns and small stores. We spent close to $100. We parked in the Union Square Parking lot. We were about to pay at the kiosk , but there were signs that said do not use the kiosk, use the app. 3 people tried the app , it did not work. When we returned we had a $20 ticket. I contacted the police and they told me ,in a very rude way, to bad. In a time when small stores and towns should be doing everything to get people back, New Hope is not. Next time we will go to Peddlers Village(free parking) Goodbye New Hope. Stephen London