Car parks in Tendring are to be re-opened in line with the Government’s phased recovery plan to bring the country out of lockdown.

Tendring District Council (TDC) has kept all services running where social distancing and Covid-19 regulations have allowed, though many are operating in a different way.

Car parks had been closed to discourage people from travelling to parks or seafronts for exercise when the restrictions had banned that.

But as step one of the Government’s recovery plan comes into effect today (Wednesday 13 May), TDC will be re-opening car parks to support the new measures which allow people to drive for exercise, or to use public open space individually or in household groups.

Public toilets will not be opened immediately, but work is taking place to assess how the amenities can be safely maintained and operated by TDC staff.

However, people are not permitted to stay at second homes or caravans.

Elsewhere across the council staff will continue to work from home where possible, and offices remain closed to the public. Engineering, gardening and other outdoor services will continue to operate following social distancing guidelines.

TDC Leader Neil Stock said these were the first steps to emerging from the lockdown. “Our car parks, and hopefully soon some of our public toilets, are open to support those exercising or enjoying public spaces. They are not there to encourage everyone back to shops or to hang out in groups.”

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