The state government is re-establishing free parking in public hospital parking lots for hospital staff.
The temporary measure will apply during the “current outbreak” of COVID-19 and at all other times the government advises people to avoid the public transportation system.
Free parking was introduced in April 2020 at the start of the pandemic, but was later removed, leading to complaints from health workers when the new COVID wave hit.
NSW Health Assistant Secretary Phil Minns said the temporary measure for NSW Health staff was being introduced to support staff during the current outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In situations where the government advises the community to seek to avoid the use of public transportation, parking fee relief for NSW Health staff will be introduced at NSW Health facilities,” Minns said.
“All NSW Health staff required to work at NSW Health facilities during the time public transport services are compromised will have access to free parking. “
“The new measures will take effect from the next NSW Health payroll cycle.
NSW Health will seek the assistance of relevant local councils in removing parking fines around hospitals and vaccination facilities for healthcare workers during these times.
“We hope this action will bring some peace of mind to all of our healthcare staff during this difficult time.”