BOSTON — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced a new program to help support small businesses this holiday shopping season.
Every Saturday from now until the day after Christmas, people can park for free at any city meter for up to two hours.
“While shopping during the holiday season will look different this year, we are doing more than ever to help our small businesses get through a very difficult time,” said Mayor Walsh in a press release. “Our small businesses contribute so much to our local economy, and I encourage everyone to shop safely and shop local this year.”
There are 8,000 parking meters located throughout Boston’s downtown and in many of the city’s residential neighborhoods that host commercial districts. Free two-hour parking will be available on:
- Saturday, Nov. 28
- Saturday, Dec. 5
- Saturday, Dec. 12
- Saturday, Dec. 19
- Saturday, Dec. 27
If you don’t have a car to get you to the stores, the city is also offering a 30% discount on annual memberships for the Bluebikes bike-sharing program. That will be available on Nov. 30, Cyber Monday.
The city is also offering free 90-day Bluebikes passes for retail and restaurant employees in Boston.
In an effort to support city eateries, Mayor Walsh announced restaurants can continue to serve customers outside through the winter months.
Outdoor dining was supposed to end Tuesday but has now been extended indefinitely so long as the tables and chairs are located on the restaurant’s private property.
Outdoor dining areas on public streets and sidewalks must be removed by Tuesday. The mayor said expanded outdoor dining will likely resume in the spring when the weather improves. He is set to release more details about that plan sometime next week.
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