Parking charges across the Island are to be temporarily suspended by the Isle of Wight Council.
All council car parks and the majority of on-street parking spaces will be free of charge until further notice — although residents must adhere to parking time limits.
Esplanades not exempt
Esplanades are not included and charging remains in place to deter people from travelling long distances to the coast during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
At the same time, the authority is encouraging Islanders to use council car parks to free up much-needed on-street spaces for visiting key workers.
Council leader, Councillor Dave Stewart, said the authority recognised the severe financial strain Islanders were currently under.
“That is why we are going beyond the government’s offer of free car parking for critical workers in the NHS and social care during the Covid-19 outbreak.
“However, let me be clear, the message remains: “Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives” — you should not leave your home unless absolutely necessary.
“I would also ask residents to be considerate and leave spaces free next to pharmacies and supermarkets to allow people to get in and out quickly.”
Freeze for parking permit direct debits
In a further move to support Island residents, the authority has also announced it is to freeze direct debit payments for all parking permits for three months.
Residents do not need to contact the council or cancel the direct debit at their bank. The council will advise permit holders in advance of the payments recommencing.
The expiry date of all other paid for parking permits will automatically be extended by a further period of three months.
Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
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