Car showrooms in England will be allowed to reopen to the public on 1 June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed.
Along with outdoor markets, dealers will be some of the first ‘non-essential’ retail outlets to open, with all shops and stores set to be allowed to open from 15 June
Showrooms have largely been closed since 23 March when the UK went into lockdown. However, dealers have been allowed to deliver cars to people’s homes throughout the period, and more recently click-and-collect has been permitted too.
But providing firms can meet Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of both workers and customers, showrooms will be allowed to open in June in England. A decision for those in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland still needs to be agreed.
The National and Franchised Dealer Association (NFDA) and Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have already issued best practises for dealers, which can be read here.
Johnson has said that the government will also be publishing additional guidance for the retail sector “to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards”.
The decision has been welcomed by the SMMT, which Tweeted: “Great to hear government has listened. 1 June reopening for UK’s car showrooms – a sensible, safe next step to unlocking the UK’s vital auto industry to help Britain get back to business.”