Oxford City Council is waiving all parking charges in its city centre car parks to support key workers and the running of essential services during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cllr Alex Hollingsworth, cabinet member for planning and sustainable transport, said: “The government message could not be clearer. If you are not a key worker you must stay at home and not undertake unnecessary travel.
“To support those key workers who are needed to keep our essential services running the city council is suspending charges in its city centre car parks.
“We are asking key workers to please identify themselves by placing a note in their car window telling us which essential service they are working for.”
The suspension of parking charges will apply to the city centre car parks – Oxpens, Gloucester Green and Worcester St – only.
Oxford City Council said that, where car parks are being used by people needing access to local shops, and therefore where allowing all day free parking would cause serious problems for vulnerable people, the situation will be kept under review.
Westgate Oxford is also offering free parking to NHS staff on production of their NHS card.
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