Franchise dealers should assume they are classed as shops when the new facemask law comes into force, according guidance from the NFDA.

Wearing a facemask in a retail environment in England becomes mandatory for customers on Friday (24 July). It has been mandatory in Scotland since 10 July. Guidance in Wales and Northern Ireland strongly advises face coverings but they are not mandatory.

As RMI members have argued car dealers are retail premises for the purposes of business rate relief and coronavirus grants. The NFDA advises members they should assume they are retail premises and require customers to wear a mask. There are exemptions (such as children under the age of 11), which the NFDA has outlined on its website.