We didn’t start the fire: Garages in Wales remain open despite COVID-19 firebreak

Published:  20 October, 2020

 Garages will be able to continue to operate in Wales despite the new firebreak lockdown being enforced from Friday (23 October), although car use is likely to reduce significantly which could reduce levels of trade for workshops in the short-term.

Under the new restrictions, all non-essential shops in Wales will be forced to close, along with pubs, cafes, and many other businesses. Places of worship will be shut apart from for weddings and funerals. Recycling centres, libraries and other public spaces will also have to shut.

Similar to the lockdown, people will only be able to go out for exercise, but as before in Wales, there will be a 5km limit on how far people can venture. Gatherings for people outside of the household, inside or outside, will be banned for the duration of the restrictions.

However, as they provide an essential service, garages will be able to remain open. The restrictions are due to stay in place until 9 November. While the firebreak is in place, the furlough will end on 31 October, and the Job Support Scheme will begin.

Additional restrictions are in place in various parts of the British Isles. Liverpool is in Tier 3, while London and parts of Essex and Surrey are in Tier 2. Meanwhile there are no indoor home visits allowed in Northern Ireland. This has also been banned in Scotland since 25 September.

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