FT - car washes

The Car Wash Association has welcomed the news that automatic car washes (ACWs) can continue to remain open following the latest national lockdown announced by prime minister Boris Johnson last night, with all of England moving to Tier 4.

Brian Madderson, chairman of the CWA, said: “We are pleased that the Government restrictions previously advised with Tier 4 regulations are unchanged, such that ACWs can continue to open. A vehicle with clean windows and mirrors definitely improves road safety, especially in these dark and dirty winter months. This is so important for essential workers, including NHS and all other medical staff.”

He said ACWs will be able to serve their communities - unlike hand (manual) car washes (HCWs) which have been required to close: “The CWA supports this decision due to the higher-risk of COVID-19 transmission at these sites where often no PPE is available, social-distancing is impractical, especially when valeting car interiors, and in many cases cash is the only payment method accepted.”