Independence Day: Car usage set to skyrocket as lockdown easing continues?

Published:  23 June, 2020

 Garages in England could see a further demand surge from Saturday 4 July, as the government allows the re-opening of restaurants, pubs hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks, so long as they follow safety guidelines.

Many of these places are usually accessed by car.  More reason to go out is likely to increase car usage, which will lead to many motorists needing to seek professional support for their cars, many of which will be suffering from the side-effects of lockdown.

The relaxation was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Parliament today (Tuesday 23 June). He also announced a revision to the two-metre distance rule. He explained that where it is not possible to stay two metres away from each other, people should keep aim for "one metre plus.”

Also able to reopen from 4 July are children’s playgrounds, outdoor gyms, amusement arcades, funfairs and theme parks, outdoor skating rinks, cinemas, museums, libraries, community centres, bingo halls, and galleries will be able to open, indoor leisure centres, social clubs and model villages.

At the same time, weddings will be able to take place with up to 30 guests, and places of worship will be able to be used for prayers. Theatres and concert halls will also be able to open, but not for live performances.

Children’s indoor soft play centres, nail bars, tattoo parlours, swimming pools, spas, bowling alleys, nightclubs and casinos will remain closed however.

Two-metre distancing and other restrictions are staying in place in Scotland and Wales for the time being.

One question remains though; With a three-month MOT extension granted to HGVs also ending on 4 July, is an end to the six-month MOT extension for cars and vans also on the cards?

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