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Seattle coronavirus hospital workers forced to pay for parking win battle

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The City of Seattle is taking action after hospital nurses complained about having to pay for parking amid the coronavirus crisis.

A free-parking program began Thursday for nurses and other hospital staffers on the front line of the coronavirus crisis, according to a report.

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The announcement came a day after Fox 13 Seattle interviewed a nurse about the situation.

Brittney Campbell told the station that she used to take public transit to work at Harborview Medical Center, but started taking her own car as a social distancing precaution.

As an employee, she gets an employee parking discount but it was still costly, the station reported. All-day parking at the hospital costs $20 a day.

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“For those of us who have to come here every day, it’s a big deal,” Campbell said.

Seattle mayor Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city would establish free-parking zones for coronavirus health care workers at six hospitals and at test centers for the virus, Fox 13 reported.

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“No health care worker should spend an extra ounce of energy worrying about parking before they work a long shift to care for our community,” Durkan said.

SOURCE : https://www.foxnews.com/us/seattle-coronavirus-hospital-workers-win-free-parking-after-complaints

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