Bradford Council has extended parking time by 30 minutes to provide further time for shoppers while social distancing measures remain in place.

This will prevent people from receiving parking tickets whilst shopping as the number of people allowed in shops at any time remains limited.

The grace period will also allow extra time for people who have to queue for longer outside of shops as government measures remain in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The extension will remain in Bradford until the end of July and provides an extension of the current grace period for parking of 11 minutes. The new 30-minute grace time will apply to pay and display tickets only.

Non-essential shops, such as clothes and book shops, were allowed to re-open in England on June 15.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We’ve done a lot of work to help people social distance on the high street but we understand that limits on the number of people safely allowed in shops at any one time means we’re all queuing to get into many places.

“We don’t want people to get caught out if their parking ticket expires before they’d had the chance to get back to their car, so for a few weeks we’ll allow a longer grace period before enforcing expired parking tickets.”