COVID-19 Coronavirus Guidance for Independent Garages

COVID-19 Coronavirus Guidance for Independent Garages

The IGA is 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 01788 225 908 or email 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 in all areas of Great Britain.

Download the IGA’s Garage Guide to Working During COVID-19 here.

General Government Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) hub page - recent and upcoming changes –

COVID-19 Response - Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 – (last updated 9 November 2021)

Lockdowns and Restrictions


Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread - (last updated 11 January 2022)

UK coronavirus (COVID-19) alert level increased from Level 3 to Level 4 - (12 December 2021)

Prime Minister confirms move to Plan B in England - (8 December 2021)

Prime Minister sets out new measures as Omicron variant identified in UK - (27 November 2021)

Prime Minister confirms move to Step 4 on Monday 19 July – (12 July 2021)

Update on the pandemic and the roadmap to freedom – (6 July 2021)

Self-isolation to be eased for fully vaccinated adults in step 4 – (6 July 2021)


Coronavirus in Wales –

Current restrictions –

Current restrictions: frequently asked questions –

MOT testing – moving to alert level 0 in Wales – DVSA (6 August 2021)

Wales moves to alert level zero – (5 August 2021)

Safety and physical distancing signs for employers –


Coronavirus in Scotland –

UK Government Support for Businesses in Scotland - March 2021 –

Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others – (last updated 6 January 2022)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces – (last updated 6 January 2022)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on travel and transport – (last updated 15 December 2021)

Scotland to move beyond level 0 – (3 August 2021)

Level 0 from 19 July – (13 July 2021)

Postcode checker for COVID restrictions by protection level (Scotland) –

Northern Ireland

Coronavirus in Northern Ireland –

The Executive’s pathway out of restrictions –

Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance: what the restrictions mean for you –

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information posters –

Coronavirus: Guide to providing contactless click-and-collect from 8 March –

NHS Test & Trace

Create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue -

If you’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app - NHS (last updated 11 January 2022)

NHS Test and Trace: workplace guidance - (last updated 11 January 2022)

NHS Test and Trace: what to do if you are contacted - (last updated 11 January 2022)

Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme: claiming financial support - (last updated 20 December 2021)

Face Coverings

Face coverings: when to wear them and how to make your own – (last updated 10 December 2021)

Face coverings will be mandatory in shops and on public transport from Tuesday 30 November 2021 - (29 November 2021)

Face covering legal requirements Q&A – RMI Legal Team (25 September 2020)

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

Reopening Your Garage

Face coverings poster – (10 December 2021)

Helping MOT garages manage test demand in the autumn – DVSA (24 September 2021)

Autumn MOT demand - campaign toolkit – DVSA (24 September 2021)

New ‘We Offer Testing to our Staff’ scheme launched – (11 May 2021)

Helping motorists to remember their MOTs this year – (30 March 2021)

Updated Beat The Rush toolkit – DVSA (last updated 9 October 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)

MOT Station Guidance

Special Notice 04-21 – easing of coronavirus guidance – DVSA (26 August 2021)

MOT testing in England - what lockdown means for MOT garages – DVSA (6 January 2021)

MOT special notice 03-20: disciplinary process, emissions records and annual assessments – (21 December 2020)

3-month grace period to install connected equipment returns – DVSA (27 October 2020)

Face masks, Covid Secure and NHS Track & Trace QR Codes – RMI Legal Team (23 September 2020)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Furloughing Staff/Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - Scheme ended on 30 September 2021

Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back – (last updated 20 December 2021)

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – (guidance withdrawn on 29 October 2021)

Penalties for not telling HMRC about Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme overpayments – (8 April 2021)

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

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

Business and Employment Guidance

Find coronavirus financial support for your business -

Financial support available for businesses during coronavirus -

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

Check if you’re eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant – (last updated 31 December 2021)

Reintroduction of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS) - (last updated 21 December 2021)

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus - (last updated 21 December 2021)

Kickstart scheme guidance collection – (last updated 17 December 2021)

Budget and Spending Review – October 2021: What you need to know - (27 October 2021)

Recovery Loan Scheme - (last updated 27 October 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What to do if you’re employed and cannot work – (last updated 1 October 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work – (last updated 1 October 2021)

Being made redundant: finding work, claiming benefits and managing debts – (last updated 26 August 2021)

Check if you need to change your Self Assessment return for SEISS - (18 August 2021)

Help to Grow website - (5 August 2021)

Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus (COVID-19) – (last updated 27 July 2021)

Eviction protection extended for businesses most in need - news story (16 June 2021)

Employees’ holiday and COVID-19 - RMI Legal Team (4 June 2021)

Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19) - news story (13 May 2021)

Further support for commercial and residential tenants - news story (last updated 10 March 2021)

Super-deduction for qualifying plant and machinery assets – (last updated 5 March 2021)

Self Assessment customers use online tax payment plans to help spread the cost - press release (13 January 2021)

£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs – news story (5 January 2021)

If you need to self-isolate or cannot attend work due to coronavirus – (31 December 2020)

COVID-19 employment law update – RMI Legal Team (23 November 2020)

New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today – (28 September 2020)

New COVID-19 support schemes announced – HMRC (25 September 2020)

New package to support and enforce self-isolation – (20 September 2020)

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

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

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

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

Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus - (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)

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

Top-up to local business grant funds scheme - 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 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 –

Coronavirus and claiming benefits - Universal Credit

Business Rate Relief

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

Advice Note: Claiming business rate relief – RMI Legal Team (2 April 2020)

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

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

Health & Safety

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – (last updated 13 January 2022)

Working safely during COVID-19 in shops or branches – (last updated 13 January 2022)

Working safely during COVID-19 in offices or contact centres – (last updated 13 January 2022)

Keeping workplaces safe as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are removed – (last updated 31 December 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) safer transport guidance for operators – (last updated 24 December 2021)

COVID-19: Ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus – (last updated 15 September 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) hub – (last updated 2 September 2021)

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)

COVID-19: Cleaning of non-healthcare settings -

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

RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19 - HSE

Car Sales

COVID-19: Industry Guidance and Best Practice for Automotive Retail – NFDA and SMMT (9 April 2021)

Budget 2021 – Capital allowance super-deduction for dealers – MHA and NFDA (12 March 2021)

Hands-on guide to “distance selling” – NFDA (9 November 2020)

Cars, online sales (delivery / click & collect) and COVID-19 – NFDA and TLT (6 November 2020)

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)


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) pandemic – (last updated 16 December 2021)

Redundancy support for apprentices – (last updated 17 June 2021)

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

Apprenticeship funding in England – (July 2020)

Apprenticeships: Employer hub –

Healthcare Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Getting tested -

Register to order free rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests for your employees -

Self-isolation for those with COVID-19 can end after 5 full days following 2 negative LFD tests - (13 January 2022)

People with a positive lateral flow test no longer required to take confirmatory PCR test - (11 January 2022)

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection - (last updated 11 January 2022)

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person - (last updated 11 January 2022)

COVID-19: advice for pregnant employees - (last updated 14 December 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable - (last updated 24 December 2021)

Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England - press release (5 April 2021)

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

Check a list of genuine HMRC contacts - (30 July 2021)

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.