COVID-19 Coronavirus Guidance for Independent Garages

COVID-19 Coronavirus Guidance for Independent Garages

The IGA is remaining open with phone and email support available to members as usual.

We will continue to monitor the situation as Government advice is updated, so please keep checking this page for the latest information on Coronavirus COVID-19 and how it may affect your garage business. Garages can call us on the direct member helpline, 0845 305 4230, or email enquiries@RMIF.co.uk and we will support you however we can, in line with government advice.

Garages are allowed to remain open and carry out MOT tests or repairs. Read more here.


Government Advice

Click here to find the latest COVID-19 updates and advice on the gov.uk website. You can sign up to receive email alerts when the government publishes or changes any COVID-19 guidance by clicking here.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: What you can and can’t do – gov.uk (last updated 14 September 2020)

Reducing transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) - what you can do to help – gov.uk (last updated 14 September 2020)

Staying alert and safe (social distancing) guidance – gov.uk (last updated 14 September 2020)

The next chapter in our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy – gov.uk (last updated 24 July 2020)

OUR PLAN TO HELP REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy – gov.uk (11 May 2020)

Face Coverings

Face coverings: when to wear them and how to make your own – gov.uk (last updated 27 August 2020)

Face coverings update – RMI Legal Team (24 July 2020)

Face coverings to be mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs from 24 July – gov.uk news story (23 July 2020)

Ending Lockdown

Beat the rush by getting your MOT done this summer – gov.uk (31 July 2020)

Beat the rush campaign toolkit – DVSA

Poster set: face coverings, social distancing and hand washing – gov.uk (23 July 2020)

Special Notice 02-20 – DVSA (8 July 2020)

COVID-19: Re-starting your business - guidance for motor traders – Allianz (29 May 2020)

Post-lockdown tips for garages – IGA (18 May 2020)

Social distancing stickers, signs, sneeze guards and hand sanitiser stations – RMI Webshop

COVID-19 practical steps for your independent garage poster - IGA (13 March 2020)

Local Restrictions and Lockdowns

Ministers announce new grants of up to £1,500 every three weeks for businesses affected by local lockdowns – gov.uk (9 September 2020)

Local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) – gov.uk (last updated 9 September 2020)

Government’s approach to managing local coronavirus outbreaks – gov.uk (27 July 2020)

MOT Station Guidance

Expired driving licences automatically extended by 11 months – gov.uk (1 September 2020)

Coronavirus: MOTs for HGVs, buses and trailers – gov.uk (last updated 3 August 2020)

Northern Ireland: Vehicle testing resuming for more categories of vehicles from 1 September – nidirect.gov.uk (28 July 2020)

Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August – gov.uk (29 June 2020)

Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020 – gov.uk (last updated 27 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): MOT centre and tester guidance – gov.uk (last updated 27 May 2020)

DVSA call centre closed - alternative contact information – IGA (14 April 2020)

Temporarily closing your MOT station guidance – IGA (8 April 2020)

Q&A concerning police enforcement of travel and retail restrictions due to COVID-19 - DfT (4 April 2020)

Further clarification on six-month MOT extension – IGA (31 March 2020)

COVID-19 Update and MOTs – DVSA (30 March 2020)

COVID-19 roadside recovery guidance – AVRO (30 March 2020)

MOT extension FAQ – DVSA (27 March 2020)

Letter template - Essential travel required – RMI Legal Team (27 March 2020)

Business and Employment Guidance

Find coronavirus financial support for your business - gov.uk

Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (videos and webinars) - gov.uk

Government extends support to stop business evictions this year – gov.uk (16 September 2020)

COVID-19 guidance for employees, employers and businesses – gov.uk (last updated 11 September 2020)

Local authority grant payments to small and medium sized businesses – gov.uk (last updated 2 September 2020)

Sending your form to Companies House during the coronavirus outbreak - gov.uk (last updated 1 September 2020)

COVID-19: What to do if you’re employed and cannot work – gov.uk (last updated 1 September 2020)

Claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – gov.uk (last updated 17 August 2020)

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme - gov.uk (last updated 17 August 2020)

Further details of the Job Retention Bonus announced – gov.uk (31 July 2020)

£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses – gov.uk (30 July 2020)

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus - gov.uk (last updated 9 July 2020)

Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme – HMRC (9 July 2020)

Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to coronavirus - gov.uk (last updated 8 July 2020)

Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back – gov.uk news story (8 July 2020)

COVID-19 Tax on Grants and Deferred VAT Payments - RMI Legal Team (26 June 2020)

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus - gov.uk (last updated 25 June 2020)

Deferral of VAT payments as a result of COVID-19 - HMRC (19 June 2020)

Redundancy - RMI Legal Team (15 June 2020 - Log in to view)

Apply for the coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund - gov.uk (last updated 8 June 2020)

Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus - gov.uk (last updated 29 May 2020)

COVID-19 temporary workplace policies and procedures - RMI Legal Team (15 May 2020)

Infectious diseases in the workplace policy - RMI Legal Team (15 May 2020)

Reviewing your insurance - Gallagher (6 May)

Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan - gov.uk (last updated 4 May 2020)

FAQs for small businesses: Bounce Back Loan Scheme - British Business Bank (4 May 2020)

Top-up to local business grant funds scheme - gov.uk news story (2 May 2020)

Advice Note - Distance Selling - RMI Legal Team (1 May 2020)

Check your insurance policy for business interruption cover - IGA (27 April 2020)

COVID-19 available support for businesses overview – IGA (9 April 2020)

COVID-19 and energy supplies – RMI Utilities (24 March 2020)

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) FAQs for SMEs – British Business Bank (23 March 2020)

Q&A around COVID-19 issues at work – RMI Legal Team (19 March 2020)

COVID-19 Layoff and Short Time Working – RMI Legal Team (19 March 2020)

COVID-19 Temporary workplace policies and procedures – RMI Legal Team (13 March 2020)

Coronavirus: Advice for employers and employees - ACAS

If you cannot pay your tax bill on time – gov.uk

Coronavirus and claiming benefits - Universal Credit

Business Rate Relief

Template letter to local MP regarding Business Rate Relief application – IGA (2 June 2020 - Log in to view)

Advice Note: Claiming business rate relief – RMI Legal Team (2 April 2020 - Log in to view)

Template letter to local authority: Business rate relief – RMI Legal Team (2 April 2020 - Log in to view)

Example 1 amended retail rate guidance document to include independent garages – Southampton City Council

Example 2 amended retail rate guidance document to include independent garages – Uttlesford District Council

Furloughing Staff/Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – gov.uk

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme wage calculator – gov.uk

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from today – HMRC (1 September 2020)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers – gov.uk (last updated 1 September 2020)

Check if you can claim wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – gov.uk (last updated 28 August 2020)

If you’ve claimed too much or not enough from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – gov.uk (last updated 20 August 2020)

Penalties for not telling HMRC about Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme overpayments – gov.uk (28 July 2020)

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – gov.uk (last updated 1 July 2020)

COVID-19 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update – RMI Legal Team (15 June 2020)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Important Dates – HMRC (5 June 2020)

Update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (flexible furlough details) – HMRC (29 May 2020)

Case study: Return from furlough – RMI Legal Team (22 May 2020)

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October – gov.uk news story (12 May 2020)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Update for employers – HMRC (11 May 2020)

Letter template - informing a furloughed employee that they can return to work – RMI Legal Team (11 May 2020)

Furlough scheme cut-off date extended to 19 March – gov.uk news story (15 April 2020)

Advice Note - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – RMI Legal Team (Updated 4 April 2020)

Q&A – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) – RMI Legal Team (26 March 2020)

Letter template for employer seeking consent to furlough employee – RMI Legal Team (24 March 2020)

Apprentices

Businesses will be given £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25. This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – gov.uk (1 September 2020)

Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices – apprenticeships.gov.uk (3 August 2020)

Get financial support for your apprentice through the BMTA Trust – The BMTA Trust (31 July 2020)

Apprenticeship funding in England – gov.uk (July 2020)

Apprenticeships: Employer hub – apprenticeships.gov.uk

Health & Safety

Coronavirus (COVID-19) safer transport guidance for operators – gov.uk

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – gov.uk (last updated 11 September 2020)

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) – gov.uk (last updated 28 August 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) hub – gov.uk (last updated 31 July 2020)

HSE Safety Alert: Use of face masks designated KN95 – HSE (15 June 2020)

Obligations to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting premises – HSE (29 May 2020)

Coronavirus update: The risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus is extremely low – HSE (22 May 2020)

Legionella risks during coronavirus outbreak - HSE (18 May 2020)

Risk assessment template – RMI Legal Team (15 May 2020)

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak - a short guide – HSE (15 May 2020)

Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus – HSE (15 May 2020)

Working safely during COVID-19 in or from a vehicle – gov.uk (11 May 2020)

Working safely during COVID-19 in offices or contact centres – gov.uk (11 May 2020)

Working safely during COVID-19 in shops or branches – gov.uk (11 May 2020)

COVID-19: Cleaning of non-healthcare settings - gov.uk

Compliance with government guidance on managing the risks of COVID-19 declaration poster - HSE

RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19 - HSE

Car Sales

Update on unaccompanied vehicle demonstrations on trade plates – NFDA (1 May 2020)

FCA confirms support for motor finance and high cost credit customers – FCA (24 April 2020)

Motor finance agreements and coronavirus: draft temporary guidance for firms – FCA (17 April 2020)

Healthcare Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Getting tested - gov.uk (last updated 7 September 2020)

NHS track and trace: how it works - gov.uk (last updated 27 August 2020)

NHS track and trace: workplace guidance - gov.uk (last updated 22 July 2020)

Everyone in the UK with coronavirus symptoms now eligible for coronavirus test - gov.uk (19 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Roundup - Office for National Statistics (ONS)

COVID-19 NHS homepage - NHS

How to prevent germs spreading - NHS

COVID-19 WHO homepage - World Health Organization

Workplace hygiene and social distancing posters - CNPI

Coronavirus: Wash your hands for more than 20 seconds poster - Public Health England

Hand-washing technique with soap and water poster – NHS

Catch it, Bin it, Kill it poster - NHS

Coronavirus help hub - BEN

COVID-19 Related Scams

Scam alert: Business Rate Relief Fraudulent Emails - IGA (24 April 2020)

Businesses Against Scams training toolkit - Friends Against Scams

We have been advised by Trading Standards that there are emerging a number of scams relating to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Since last month the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified 21 reports where coronavirus was mentioned with victims losing over £800,000 in total. Find out more here.

If you have any concerns or think you have been affected by a COVID-19 Coronavirus scam, you can report an incident via Citizens Advice.

It is important to note that the situation is very fluid and government guidance is changing daily. We can therefore only provide a general guide that should be used with care. Furthermore, as we are not medical professionals. We cannot provide any medical advice on the virus, its treatment or transmission.