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COVID-19 new Govt guidance : NFDC service changes

News Release

12 May 2020

For immediate release

COVID-19 new Govt guidance : NFDC service changes


Having reviewed new Government guidance issued (11 May 2020), the changes to NFDC services are as follows:

Coastal /seafront car parks
From tomorrow (Wednesday 13 May) NFDC coastal (amenity) car parks will re-open for use, with cashless payment only.
Only Parking Clocks and Ringo payment will be accepted.  This is to remove the need to come into physical contact with pay machines. 
We remind anyone using our car parks to consider carefully the need for their journey and to continue social distancing and good hand washing.
Parking clocks can be bought online at http://newforest.gov.uk/parkingclocks
This decision has been taken in light of latest government advice and to support the wellbeing of our residents who wish to exercise and visit outdoor spaces, however we will review this decision to re-open car parks if it is felt that people are not following the latest guidance. 
Please note: Government latest information states that you can travel to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, but to stay at another home is not allowed. Hospitality and leisure businesses are unlikely to open before July. Attractions, pubs, restaurants and hotels are closed, along with public toilets.
Town and village car parks remain open and charging will not be reintroduced to continue to support volunteers being able to shop for the vulnerable.
Public toilets
All NFDC public toilets will remain closed to support the aim of reducing the spread of the disease.We will regularly review this decision.
NFDC Information Offices
All information offices, including Appletree Court, will remain closed.Our services can be accessed by website, email or telephone.
We will be reviewing re-opening as the situation evolves and new guidance from government is issued, and when we are sure our customer sites can re-open safely.  
We are continuing to house people who are homeless and concentrating on essential moves only, those in inappropriate or temporary accommodation, but we are waiting for more detail over the coming days and will update as soon as we can. 
Government have stated that playgrounds should remain closed.
Beach huts
Beach hut owners will be able to access their huts from Wednesday 13 May and are asked to maintain the social distancing and good hygiene advice.
At this time, all other services remain unchanged, but we are expecting further guidance in the coming days.   Please regularly check www.newforest.gov.uk/coronavirus for updates



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