As many sectors in the business industry are still left in the dark as to how and when they will be allowed to reopen their doors and continue with business as per usual, the trade industry at least got the green light from the government on Tuesday, May 12 when the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (DTIC) announced the long-awaited directives regarding this sectors. Car factories were already allowed to open under lockdown level 4 restriction, but only with half of their staff, but they, alongside the caravan industry had to wait to hear about the selling of vehicles and caravans. Luckily, the wait is seemingly over.
So, it is with great excitement that we can announce that the caravan, trailer, and motorhome dealers are finally allowed to reopen their doors as of today, with strict risk-adjusted trading measures and other regulations to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Part of regulations stipulates that these businesses can resume operating but with up to 30% of employees and should be permitted to operate at a 100% capacity from 8 June onwards. If they have the appropriate permits.
It is important that caravan and trailer dealerships do their part to flatten the curve and they have to implement strict health and safety measures including regular disinfecting of the premises, social distancing, and making sure that all staff and customers are always wearing cloth face masks to cover their mouth and nose.
Repairs and maintenance are also permitted but under strict rules. Only repairs required to restore the safety and roadworthiness to good running conditions are permitted as well as routine servicing of that is due or overdue in terms of the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals. Cosmetic repairs, such as minor scratches and dents or cosmetic enhancements and voluntary or routine servicing that is not overdue in terms of manufacturer’s service intervals are not permitted as well as warranty campaigns of a cosmetic nature unless the warranty is due to expire within 30 days of the intended repair date.
Members of the public will not be allowed, under any circumstances, to enter the workshop environment. These workspaces will exclusively be reserved for technical and support staff.
Roadworthy assessment and testing centers are also being allowed to resume business under new restrictions.