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The downtown area and other parts of the 4th Aldermanic District are served by parking meters that occasionally are covered by cloth bags.

There are two types of cloth bags: bags marked "No Parking" and plain bags that have no markings. When a bag marked "No Parking" is covering a meter, parking is not permitted at that location regardless of the parking regulations that may generally apply to that area. When a plain bag is covering the meter, parking is permitted at that location and the meter does not need to be plugged, however, the applicable parking regulations for that location contained on any parking signs (such as two hour limits or "temporary no parking" during certain hours) still apply.

Bags are used in a variety of circumstances where temporary parking regulations are needed such as special events and construction activity.