For the longest time, during the Enhanced Community Quarantine Period (ECQ), car dealerships remained closed during that time, but no longer thanks to the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) guidelines. The government issued a document detailing the businesses and establishments that are allowed to operate moving forward. While there are areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) which has allowed car dealerships in specific areas to open at 100% capacity, in Metro Manila, it is a different story.
Due to the population density of the capital city, more precautions are being taken into account. As such, dealerships in Metro Manila may open, albeit at 50% of its workforce to minimize the number of people out of the house.
So good news, you can finally go to the casa and conduct your business, the only catch is it’ll take a little more time to finish due to the halving of the dealerships’ workforce. Most dealerships opening up for GCQ and MECQ recommend that consumers schedule appointments in order to get accommodated within a reasonable amount of time. All dealerships will also be implementing guidelines that involve personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as temperature checks and limited occupancy within the dealerships.
Under “Wholesale and retail trade of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles, including their parts and components,” the government has indicated that 50% of the workforce may return to their posts, while the remaining 50% should work from home.
Dealerships under GCQ will have 100% of their workforce to accommodate clients. Most provincial dealers are already under GCQ and have already opened their doors with certain parameters that limit the number of people in establishments as well as good hygiene practices and the wearing of PPE.
So for those that still have to get their cars serviced, make a warranty claim, receive their cars from releasing, following the MECQ guidelines, that all may happen. Just make sure to book an appointment first to let them know you are coming.