Garages to face ongoing lockdown

Published:  17 April, 2020

 Garages and other businesses in the aftermarket are confirmed to face ongoing disruption, following the government’s announcement of a further three weeks of lockdown to as part of the fight against COVID-19.

Yesterday (Thursday 16 April), Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, deputising for the Prime Minister due to his recent illness, confirmed the extension of the lockdown measures. By law, the lockdown must be reviewed by ministers every three weeks.

As the extension was announced at the Downing Street press conference, the Foreign Secretary observed: "There is light at the end of the tunnel but we are now at both a delicate and a dangerous stage in this pandemic. If we rush to relax the measures that we have in place we would risk wasting all the sacrifices and all the progress that has been made. That would risk a quick return to another lockdown with all the threat to life that a second peak to the virus would bring and all the economic damage that a second lockdown would carry."

The Foreign Secretary also implied that the current restrictions could stretch into June. Businesses across the country could then also be subject to varying levels of restriction, with the possibility of local targeted lockdowns going into the summer suggested. The idea there would be to mitigate the development of virus hotspots.

At the same time, Vauxhall is looking to restart production in the UK. The carmaker is aiming to reopen its Ellesmere Port factory as soon as possible. Safety measures will be put in place, including regular workstation cleaning and the use of facemasks and social distancing. Plant Managers are looking to achieve 85% capacity.

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