Covid-19: Seafront car parks in Redcar and Cleveland to close
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council today (Thursday 26 March) closed its seafront carparks in response to the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
Following a request from Cleveland Police, the car park at Majuba Road in Redcar, the coast road car park between Redcar and Marske, and the Pier and Cat Nab car parks in Saltburn are to be closed to prevent people congregating and to instead encourage the following of the Government's social distancing advice.
The council was informed by the police that visitors, some from as far afield as Sunderland, had been congregating at the coast, posing a risk of the further spread of Covid-19.
The council yesterday (25 March) suspended charges in all its pay and display car parks for the benefit of key workers who continue to travel to work at a time when most people remain at home, which will remain in place until further notice.
Councillor Wayne Davies, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “We have been informed by Cleveland Police that people are travelling – some from outside the area – to gather at our coastal resorts.
“We have therefore taken the decision to close these car parks in support of the Government's social distancing instructions to keep people safe.
“We know that being indoors for long periods of time can be difficult, but it is absolutely vital that we do all we can to protect each other and to do our best to stop the virus spreading.
“I would personally like to thank our frontline staff, and those striving to ensure vital services remain robust in these difficult and testing times."
Chief Inspector Jonathan Grainge from Cleveland Police said: “We have worked with RCBC to close car parks as unfortunately we are still seeing people travelling from outside the area to visit the beach and other beauty spots and congregate in groups. This is contravening government advice and putting our communities and colleagues at risk. I strongly advise people to adhere to the advice and protect our NHS."