Car parks in Cornwall will remain free of charge until mid-May to support high streets as they get back to business. 

The Council will keep its car parks free until May 17, 2021, to support high streets, as businesses such as non-essential shops, hairdressers and outside hospitality are set to reopen on April 12. 

Cornwall Council suspended parking charges at the beginning of lockdown in January to limit the spread of coronavirus and help those working from home find a parking space. 

The plan is to resume charging on May 17, in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. 

The Council will no longer recognise the Government-issued NHS Free Parking Pass within its car parks from May 17. 

This is due to the Council having implemented its own Healthcare parking permit scheme, with more than 2,500 permits already having been issued to healthcare professionals working within our communities.   

These permits enable the holder to park safely on yellow lines, thereby maximising the amount of time spent delivering care to local residents within their homes.