Parking charges in Rutland car parks to be suspended to help key workers and people on essential visits
Parking charges in council-run car parks in Rutland are to be suspended until further notice.
Rutland County Council had already moved to cashless-only payments in all car parks as part of its response to Covid-19.
Now all will be free to help key workers and people making essential visits.
The Government is advising people of all ages – including those without coronavirus symptoms – to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.
Coun Lucy Stephenson, cabinet member for transport at Rutland County Council, said: “We fully support the government’s guidance encouraging everyone to stay at home and keep away from others, in order to stop Covid-19 spreading.
"Following this change, all non-essential shops are now closed, meaning only key workers and those making essential journeys will be accessing our towns. To assist these key workers and essential visits, we have taken a further decision to suspend parking charges until further notice.”
Parking charges will be suspended from Thursday, March 26, onwards. All on-street parking restrictions remain in place in both Oakham and Uppingham and will continue to be enforced where necessary, to maintain public safety.
The council says it will continue to keep all services under review as part of its response to COVID-19 and in order to support any changes in national guidance.
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