Free parking at Himley Hall and Park
Dudley Council has confirmed that it will suspend all parking charges at Himley Hall and Park until further notice.
The move is to help people get outside and enjoy exercise during the coronavirus outbreak, following the announcement of similar steps from the National Trust and some other local authorities.
It is hoped the suspension will help residents who want to boost mental and physical wellbeing by being active outdoors.
Parking will be free throughout opening times but people are reminded that the hall is shut until further notice.
Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and commercialisation, said:
"We want to do all we can to help our residents at this challenging time, which is why we have suspended parking charges at Himley Hall and Park until further notice.
"I hope residents will take the time to be active in the outdoors at all of our parks including Himley Hall.
"We are just reminding people to try to stay two metres apart from one another and to follow good hand hygiene practises before and after their visit to help keep everyone safe."
People can find out more about Dudley Council’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak including latest national advice and how to access council services and support at: www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus
Latest national advice
Everyone should avoid "non-essential contact" including gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres
Everyone should work from home if they can
All "unnecessary" visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease
People should only use the NHS "where we really need to" - and can reduce the burden on workers by getting advice on the NHS website where possible
By this weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks"
If one person in any household has a new persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but they may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others".