While a return to normal life was initially planned for mid-April, it is on the contrary a new confinement which was announced by Emmanuel Macron on the whole of the national territory. Until mid-May 2021, car dealerships will only be open by appointment.
Following the speech of the President of the Republic of March 31, 2021, the rules currently in force in the 19 departments will be extended to the entire metropolitan territory from next Saturday and for a period of 4 weeks, which means:
A curfew at 7 p.m.
Telework will be systematized;
The businesses will be closed according to the list already defined in the 19 departments;
A ban on inter-regional travel after April 5 unless there is a compelling reason – a tolerance will be granted during the Easter weekend to allow the French to confine themselves to the region they want.
The travel certificate will only be compulsory during the day for travel beyond 10 km from home.
A new confinement that will impact the automotive industry
In a difficult context, in particular in the 19 departments confined for a few weeks, automotive distribution will have to undergo a new confinement quite close to that of March 2020 even if it does not bear its name. Remember that the publication of registrations for March 2021 shows that sales of passenger cars have not at all returned to their March 2019 level.
Car dealerships open by appointment only
“The CNPA takes note of the measures announced by the President of the Republic”, declares Xavier Horent, CNPA general delegate. The continuing deterioration of the health situation clearly required further restrictions. However, they open a new phase of uncertainties, even as our companies were starting to recover from the crisis with great difficulty. Market figures for the month of March 2021 show a severe drop compared to the same period in 2019, and our business ecosystem remains globally impacted to varying degrees of severity, from repair to car rental. “.
In practice, the measures to open car dealerships, by appointment only, will be extended to all metropolitan departments. Note that these new measures will result in the closure of 150,000 businesses in addition to 90,000 already closed in the past weeks. Distributors will be able to open their establishments only by appointment, being able to provide proof that an appointment has been made initially in the event of an inspection. A measure, which avoids the total closure, obtained fiercely by the CNPA in recent weeks.