08 Jan 2021

Latest lockdown guidance for dealers

BAGMA is advising machinery dealers can be open as they offer a necessary service as has been the case in previous lockdowns.

Dealers are advised there should be restricted access to showrooms, operating safely under Covid restrictions for both their staff and customers.

Use an appointment system for customers and operate Covid safe collection and drop of points. The main need will be for service and repair which is covered by the guidance.

Agricultural dealers may stay open. Unfortunately, any shop or showroom for dealers [of] garden products is likely to be considered 'non-essential' retail and is required currently to close. Rules would allow dealers to operate 'click-and-collect' (where goods are pre-ordered and collected without entering the premises) and delivery services. Servicing, repairs and maintenance of machines can continue. Again these should be managed by appointment rather than walk in service provision.

It is unlikely that the Trade Counter provision would apply here as it to allow essential building and building maintenance operations to continue

BAGMA also recommend that the business provide staff who have to travel for work, to and from and for deliveries and collections, a letter on company headed paper signed by the owner or a director explaining that they are allowed to do what they are doing.

Read the full government guidance here