Free weekend parking announced in Rotherham town centre as shops reopen
Free parking at off-street car parks in Rotherham town centre will remain as shops and businesses reopen.
Rotherham Council’s free weekend parking scheme will be extended, meaning all 12 off-street car parks in the town centre will be free on Saturdays, as it already is on Sundays.
Simon Moss, assistant director for planning, regeneration and transport at Rotherham Council, said: “COVID-19 restrictions have led to financial difficulties for many of our residents and businesses, and this is a practical way we can help them as restrictions ease and people find ways to go about daily life safely.
“With capacity limited on public transport, we suggest people coming into town walk or cycle if possible to reduce pollution and stay healthy, as well as save money. But we recognise some people will need to drive to use town centre facilities, and we don’t want parking costs to be an obstacle.”
This week’s easing of restrictions will see Rotherham’s outdoor and indoor markets re-opening fully and returning shoppers will see a range of COVID-19 safety measures in place including one-way systems and hand sanitising stations.
Ben Anderson, Rotherham Council’s director of public health, said: “There is a lot of excitement now the lockdown restrictions are easing and it’s great to see the people coming back to the town centre. However there is a very real risk of a further wave of infection in Rotherham so it’s vital we all continue to social distance and follow all the COVID safety guidelines to avoid any need for restrictions to be re-introduced.
“Please, if you are going shopping, visiting the hairdressers or meeting family and friends outside at a café or pub, keep your distance, wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering when required. We must all do everything we can to keep Rotherham open.”
Details of which car parks are included in the free Saturday parking offer, and maximum stays, can be found at www.rotherham.gov.uk/parking