Bedford town centre multi storey car parks at Lurke Street, River Street and Allhallows will be closed from tonight (Thursday) to encourage residents to stay home during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) lockdown.
To provide parking for critical workers who need it and those on essential journeys, Queen Street multi-storey car park will remain open 24/7.
COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions are rising dramatically across the country, and estimates show that one in 50 people in private households had the virus last week.
The number of confirmed cases in Bedford Borough has reached 1,556 in the last seven days.
Closing the car parks will enable Council staff to focus on essential services.
Parking will be available at surface car parks including Riverside Car Park, St Mary’s, Duckmill Lane, Ashburnham Road, Prebend Street, Greyfriars and Melbourne Street, and on-street parking will be available as always.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Transport said: “With clear legal instructions to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives, we have made the decision to close three of our multi-storey car parks in the town centre overnight on Thursday 7 January.
“There will still be parking available at Queen Street multi-storey and surface car parks for critical workers who commute, need to park in town for work or anyone getting their essential shopping.”