Car showrooms across England have been forced to close their doors to the public throughout November as a second lockdown is introduced.
Along with all non-essential retail, car showrooms will be forced to shut until December 2.
However, while the public won’t be able to visit showrooms or premises, dealers will still be able to deliver pre-sold cars, as well as offering ‘click and collect’ facilities, according to government documents. The latter includes buying a car online and picking it up in person, in compliance with social distancing measures.
The documents say: “Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect. A full list of the business closures will be published and set out in law.”
The new rules only apply to dealers in England, with dealerships remaining open in Wales and Scotland, though still with precautions in place.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of trade body the SMMT, spoke out against the decision that car showrooms will have to close their doors.
He said: “As England heads back into lockdown, we need to keep business operating. Auto Manufacturing must have its showrooms open; it’s proven safe & secure, a very different environment from other retail premises. We need to keep the economy turning – safely – and prevent wider job losses.”