When will car washes reopen in England?

CAR Washes, including manual facilities, officially reopen on Monday so Brits can get their wheels clean again.

Step two of the government's roadmap comes into force next week, and that means many non-essential businesses will be able to reopen, including car washes.

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Hairdressers and pubs with outdoor dining can reopen next week, for the first time since lockdown three began earlier in the year.

Manual car washes are also making a return since they were forced to close along with the other non-essential traders.

Are car washes open in lockdown?

Automatic car washes are already open and have been allowed to operate despite the UK-wide restrictions.

But manual car washes like your local hand car wash have had to remain closed while stay at home rules were in place and non-essential retail has been shut.

This is soon to change though, as manual car washes are allowed to reopen with other non-essential businesses on April 12.

They have not been allowed to open sooner because they have a higher risk of Covid-19 transmission than automatic facilities.

Some mobile car valets are still allowed to work currently too.

Due to the nature of their work, they can come to you and clean your car in your drive and then leave again.

They can work under the list of "tradesmen" which are permitted to continue work for certain duties.

Do I need to get my car washed?

By law, you have to be able to see out of your windscreen and your number plates must be visible.

So with the restrictions changing next Monday, you'll easily be able to keep your car clean and roadworthy.

The government is hopeful that places like car washes won't have to close again as the cautious approach taken to this last lockdown should ensure the reopening of the country is irreversible.

Car Repair Shops & MOT Services During Lockdown

There are lots of other means to keep your car roadworthy to consider as well, so most garages have been open and operating normally during lockdown.

Despite the restrictions in place since January, vehicle repair shops and MOT service centres have been allowed to remain open.

And it is the law to have an up to date MOT for your car.

Demand for some MOT centres is high so it's always best to check and phone ahead with your local garage to see if you can make an appointment.

Businesses could be fined between £1,000 and £10,000 for breaking the lockdown rules.

Other essential services like car garages are still open at the moment, and you can still get your MOT.

Non essential shops are set to reopen on April 12 along with other restrictions easing in the country as well.

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