Showrooms reopen in England

Northern Ireland dealers to reopen from 8 June but governments in Scotland and Wales are yet to confirm date

Showrooms reopen in England

Car showrooms in England meeting COVID-19 guidelines have been given the go-ahead to reopen this week.

It follows ten weeks of closure to help control the spread of the virus.

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and SMMT have produced industry guidelines covering the entire customer experience from retail to aftersales.

Measures now introduced at dealerships to ensure they comply with guidelines include disinfecting vehicles, use of a one way system, multiple sanitising stations and protective screens.

The industry hopes government advice against the use of public transport may help boost used car sales.

Related: Six-month MOT extension to remain until tests can be “conducted safely”

Sue Robinson, director of the NFDA, said: “Businesses have been working hard to put all necessary measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and guests, which is the number one priority.

“Automotive retailers are ready and look forward to safely welcoming customers back into showrooms.”

In Northern Ireland, car showrooms will be allowed to reopen next Monday, 8 June.

Devolved governments in Scotland and Wales are yet to confirm a position.

The automotive retail sector provides employment to more than 590,000 people and, with a turnover of around £200 billion, represents one of the key sectors of the UK economy.

There are more than 40 million vehicles licensed in the UK, many of which may need servicing or replacing, according to the SMMT.

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