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 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 throughout lockdown and in all areas of Great Britain. Read more here.

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

General Government Advice

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) hub page –

COVID-19 Response - Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 – (14 September 2021)

Lockdowns and Restrictions

COVID-19 self-isolation exemption guidance - RMI (last updated 23 July 2021)

Unlocking and Freedom Day Guidance – RMI Legal Team (16 July 2021)


Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread - (last updated 15 October 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)

National restrictions: Financial support for jobs and businesses – (5 November 2020)


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): safer businesses and workplaces – (last updated 15 October 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on travel and transport – (last updated 8 October 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others – (last updated 4 October 2021)

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

Level 0 from 19 July – (13 July 2021)

Advice Note - Scotland Lockdown Click and Collect restrictions – RMI Legal Team (15 January 2021)

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

Scottish tiers guidance – RMI Legal Team (23 November 2020)

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

NHS Test and Trace: how it works - (last updated 17 August 2021)

Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme: claiming financial support - (last updated 16 August 2021)

NHS Test and Trace: workplace guidance - (last updated 13 August 2021)

Face Coverings

Face coverings: when to wear them and how to make your own – (last updated 17 September 2021)

Face covering legal requirements Q&A – RMI Legal Team (25 September 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 – news story (23 July 2020)

Reopening Your Garage

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)

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)

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

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme –

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme wage calculator –

Letter template - Flexible furlough arrangements during extended CJRS – RMI Legal team

Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back – (last updated 11 October 2021)

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

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme further guidance – RMI Legal team (12 November 2020)

Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support – news story (5 November 2020)

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)

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)

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) -

Kickstart scheme guidance collection – (last updated 5 October 2021)

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus - (last updated 15 September 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What to do if you were employed and have lost your job – (last updated 26 August 2021)

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

Claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) - (28 July 2021)

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What to do if you’re employed and cannot work – (last updated 26 July 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What to do if you’re self-employed and getting less work or no work – (last updated 16 July 2021)

Check if you’re eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant – (last updated 17 June 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)

Budget 2021: What you need to know - (3 March 2021)

Recovery Loan Scheme - (3 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 4 October 2021)

Working safely during COVID-19 in shops or branches – (last updated 4 October 2021)

Working safely during COVID-19 in offices or contact centres – (last updated 4 October 2021)

Keeping workplaces safe as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are removed – (last updated 30 September 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) safer transport guidance for operators – (last updated 22 September 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) outbreak – (last updated 7 July 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 -

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable - (last updated 20 September 2021)

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

Everyone in the UK with coronavirus symptoms now eligible for coronavirus test - (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

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.