Wakefield Council announces free parking to support the fight against the coronavirus outbreak

25/03/2020, PR-9355

Wakefield city centre

Wakefield Council has announced free parking at all of its car parks across the district.

Charges have been suspended until 8am on Wednesday 15 April, to allow key workers to continue their important work during the coronavirus outbreak.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We want to do all we can to support those working hard in the fight against coronavirus.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support and dedication shown by key workers in this crisis and we want them to be able to continue their vital work without having to worry about parking fees.”

The Council is reminding residents of the Government’s latest advice to stay at home and only travel when absolutely necessary and to follow social distancing advice to help stop the virus spreading and protect the most vulnerable.

Cllr Jeffery added: “We hope free parking will also help reduce reliance on public transport and support people in following social distancing advice.

"It’s more important than ever that we all do what we can to help fight this pandemic by following the latest guidance.”

Council-run parking will be free until 15 April, which will then be reviewed alongside the latest Government guidance.

The Council has provided information to keep residents up to date on its dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD

The latest advice to residents is available on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19