Government’s three-tier restrictions to lead to reduced garage work levels?

Published:  12 October, 2020

The government’s Coronavirus restrictions have been reorganised into a new three-tier system, where areas are either at Medium, High or Very High Risk, the Prime Minister announced in Parliament this afternoon (Monday 12 October).

Areas classified as being at ‘Medium’ risk continue to face the Rule of Six, and a 10pm hospitality curfew. Areas in the higher categories will have much stricter restrictions enforced.

While garage businesses are not directly impacted by the new ratings system, which for example sees Liverpool go straight into the ‘Very High’ category, the added restrictions on individual freedoms are likely to mean less car usage in affected areas, which could mean reduced levels of work coming through the door in the short term.

At present it is unclear whether garages will see work levels drop in areas where the new three-tier Coronavirus warning level is pegged at the highest level.

The Prime Minister will lead a press conference where the three-tier system is to be discussed later this evening.

It was also announced by the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson that GCSE and A-Level exams will be delayed by three weeks in 2021 as a consequence of the virus, which could affect apprenticeship start-dates.

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