Key workers offered free parking in Cambridge amid COVID-19 crisis
Since the UK lockdown began, many Brits have chosen to work from home in order to minimise their risk of infection and help support the NHS.
However, there are some people out there who don’t have the option to stay home. These key workers have been putting in the hours to keep the country going and ensure the rest of us are well-looked after at this difficult time.
From nurses and doctors to supermarket workers, delivery drivers and farmers, there are millions of people across the country still heading out to work every day.
In Cambridge, the council is doing what it can to support these vital workers and make their lives as easy as possible. Keep reading to find out more.
Who are key workers?
Until the start of the current crisis, many of the jobs now considered key to the country’s well being were undervalued. Jobs like supermarket worker, delivery driver, postman, and food producer weren’t viewed highly enough, and many of these workers didn’t realise just how important they were.
Today, the Government considers a wide range of employees and professionals to be key. These include people working in local and national government, those involved in food production, processing, distribution and sales, transport workers, staff employed by utility companies, and childcare workers.
Some of the most important key workers out there are those involved in healthcare. Doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, nursing home staff and others in caring professions are putting themselves on the frontline and working hard to keep the country safe.
Free parking in Cambridge
In order to make key workers’ lives as easy as possible, Cambridge City Council is offering free parking in the city centre for the duration of the crisis.
As @camcitco says, “Key workers are people whose jobs are vital to public health and safety during the coronavirus lockdown. Because their work is so vital, the Government is keen to ensure that they are able to carry out their jobs with as little restriction as possible.”
If you think you or someone you know is a key worker, get in touch with the council to find out more about this money-saving scheme.
Supporting key workers
If you’re not a key worker, you can still help to support the country and its key workers in a number of important ways. First and foremost, stay home whenever possible.
By remaining at home, you can avoid taking up parking spaces that could otherwise be used by key workers. Staying home also minimises your chances of catching COVID-19, something that will help to take the pressure off of the hard-working NHS. You can also support local businesses by buying your produce from Cambridge-based suppliers and promoting local businesses wherever possible.
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