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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice

Car parks - coronavirus information

In response to the changing situation over the past week, Dorset Council is reopening some car parks and public toilets in key locations in time for the bank holiday weekend (23-25 May) to help cope with demand.

The council also plans to re-open car parks at its country parks from Tuesday 26 May, as part of the phased re-opening of Dorset.

The council reserves the right to close or suspend any facilities if it is deemed that public health is in danger through visitors not following social distancing measures.

Paying for parking

Charges for car parks have now been reinstated. Machines will accept cash and card payments, but for safety reasons we strongly advise visitors pay for parking using one of the following cashless methods:

  1. Download the Just Park App and register your vehicle and bank card for easy payment upon arrival (no additional charges)
  2. Telephone 01305 235498 on arrival at the car park and have your payment card ready (6p booking fee applies)
  3. Pre-register your mobile phone with Just Park and pay by SMS (text message) upon arrival – following instructions on the side of the machine.

There is limited on-street pay and display parking in the Weymouth Town Centre area, and all normal payment methods (including cash) will be available at the machines.

Please wash your hands before and after using the keypad and handling coins at these machines.

Free parking for key workers

Key workers, including NHS staff, can use on-street and off-street parking bays for free, without time restriction while working directly on COVID-19 response. 

This includes all Dorset Council car parks without payment (all other terms and conditions must be adhered to, especially maximum stay restriction) and on-street pay and display parking bays but does not include parking where it would not normally be allowed, for example, on single or double yellow lines, taxi ranks, disabled bays, bus stops or loading bays.

To register as a key worker for free parking:

  • email parking@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
  • give your name, evidence of your employer and vehicle registration number. You will receive a response email and your details will be added to our system so we know not to issue a PCN to this vehicle.

We are following Government guidance on the definition of key workers.

Parking permits and renewals

For enquiries regarding existing car park permits or renewals please email parking services parking@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk in the first instance and options will be provided to you according to your circumstances.

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