Parking restrictions are due to be relaxed by Wiltshire Council from today to support residents and key workers during the coronavirus situation.

From today council car parks will be free and the parking enforcement service will be relaxed to focus on serious contraventions to prevent dangerous parking.

Councillor Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: “At this time it is vital we support our communities to ensure they can follow government guidelines and ensure our key workers can deliver vital services across Wiltshire.

“This means that we will allow all key workers and residents to use on and off-street parking bays without time restriction or charge. This includes any council car parks, on-street paid for parking bays and permit bays in controlled parking zones.

“Parking management is a key service to ensure we maintain road safety, access for emergency services and the delivery of goods and services, including refuse collection vehicles. It is extremely important that we continue to enforce for these issues in these challenging times.

“We ask that people continue to park considerately and legally at all times. We also ask you to be respectful to our officers carrying out these critical duties. By doing so you will keep the highway safe for all but especially our NHS, emergency services and other key workers.”

In addition, the council will be lifting timed restrictions to residential parking to maximise the spaces available for residents who might be self-isolating or working from home.

All valid parking permits and season tickets will be frozen at this time.

The council says that these measures will be reviewed after three weeks in line with government guidance on social distancing and staying at home.