WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 11:29 p.m.) The public can expect five more days of free parking in Downtown Westfield.

The town had suspended enforcement of parking meter violations, but with the opening of non-essential retail businesses and many restaurants offering outdoor dining, enforcement of meter violations is anticipated to resume next week, the executive director of Downtown Westfield Corporation said Monday.

“It is still free,” said the executive director, Bob Zuckerman, who heads up the entity that manages the town’s special improvement district. “But parking meters will be enforced again beginning Monday, July 6.”

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Mayor Shelley Brindle said Tuesday evening that to facilitate curbside pickup, the town would continue to offer free 15 minute parking on bagged meters labeled for such.

“These spots are not meant for long term parking and will be ticketed when misused,” Brindle said.

Officials had previously said that said revenues from parking are anticipated to decline this year as a result of COVID-19.

The town anticipates bringing in $1.3 million from parking meter fees this year, an approximately 23% reduction from the $1.69 million Westfield realized in parking revenue in 2020, the municipal budget shows.

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