Garages to remain open despite lockdown
Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined strict stay-at-home measures for the whole of the UK. These effectively amount to a country-wide lockdown and will be enforced by the police. As a result, gatherings outside of households are effectively banned and shops have to close. However, reading the small print reveals that automotive garages are within the limited number of retailers that will be allowed to remain open. And therefore tyre centres will be allowed to keep going as well.
The UK policy is in line with practice in Italy, a country that has already experienced lockdown for a month, and advice from the USA. In both cases, automotive garages were deemed to be critical exceptions to lockdown restrictions.
Indeed, Andy Savva (known as the Garage Inspector) caught a video clip of Michael Gove MP confirming this:
Garages can stay open if these wish pic.twitter.com/eE9nPvsrsw
— The Garage Inspector (@AndySavva67) March 24, 2020