AIA Canada advises that effective April 15, 2020, the Government of Quebec is amending the list of essential services by adding regular maintenance and repair activities for all vehicles.
Previously, the province had imposed a very tight definition of essential services that automotive service businesses could perform; inspections were commonplace to ensure that operations were strictly “essential” for first responders etc.
The changes include allowing regular service and repairs such as tire changes and oil changes.
Suppliers of products, parts or other equipment required for transportation and logistics services are also included by this amendment.
The Quebec Government has also issued recommended operating procedures for automotive service operations.
The ministère des Transports has announced that the May 1st deadline to remove studded tires is postponed to June 5th in order to help Quebec citizens navigate the situation of COVID-19 in a less stressful way.
Businesses will be required to follow strict health guidelines in order to minimize the spread of the virus.
For more information: https://www.inspq.qc.ca/sites/default/files/covid/2945-garages-mecanique-covid19.pd (in French).
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