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Manchester City said the scooters would not be back until June at the earliest

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Edmonton - The city of Edmonton says electric scooters won't return until June at the earliest amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Last August, Bird and Lime began operating a mobile-based electric scooter rental business in the city.

But at a meeting of the city's emergency advisory committee on Thursday, officials decided against allowing the scooters to return.

The city will not renew its business license until the province's public health emergency is over.The city said it would review the policy at the end of May.

Manchester City said the scooters would not be back until June at the earliest

Bird and Lime's electric scooters will start operating in the city next late October.

"Lyme is committed to supporting cities like Edmonton during this challenging time, and we recognize the critical role of microtransit now and during this crisis," reads a company statement emailed to CTV News.

A representative for Byrd told CTV News that the city has renewed the company's license, but it has also been delayed until June 30.

In late March, Bird, citing COVID-19, announced it had stopped operating in six cities in Europe and the United States.

Lime operates in 30 countries and announced an extensive service rollback late last month.

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