Already in force in 19 departments, confinement is extended to the whole of metropolitan France from April 3 and for at least four weeks. The rules are however more flexible, with in particular the possibility of moving without certificate within a radius of 10 km around his home.
With regard to shops, the list of establishments that can receive the public is extended, with hairdressers in particular. On the automotive side, there is something new for the dealerships: during this confinement, they will still be able to receive customers. But this will be done by appointment.
As a reminder, last November, the points of sale could only welcome customers for deliveries. This had made it possible to maintain a correct level of registrations. But all the selling had to be done remotely. Unsurprisingly, the number of new orders had plummeted – 80%. Difficult to convince customers to make such a purchase over the phone!
To avoid a new period when order books are barely filling, which weighs on the health of the company with fewer checks to cash during the weeks and months that follow, the government has therefore made a gesture. In April, it will still be possible to go see the models in dealerships, but by having made an appointment with the seller beforehand. This greatly limits the number of people in the store and facilitates the application of the sanitary protocol, with of course wearing a mask, physical distancing or disinfection of cars between each customer.
For delivery, it is of course also the principle of the appointment that applies.
What’s open for motorists during lockdown
Please note, beyond 10 kilometers, you must complete a certificate. For purchases, you must stay within a perimeter of 30 km.
Garages and automotive equipment shops (eg auto centers) are open. You can therefore always ensure the maintenance and repair of your car.
Refueling your vehicle is of course allowed!
For technical control, the centers are open. There will be no tolerance period put in place, this had not been the case in November during the second confinement.
During confinement, car rental companies are allowed to practice.
Driving lessons are maintained. On the other hand, the courses for the code are done remotely.