Garages can, starting today, resume their maintenance and repair services for all types of vehicles, which are now part of the list of essential services of the government of Quebec.
The reopening of this service has increased traffic significantly in Pontiac businesses. From the Centre d’Auto Amyotte Ltée, located in Mansfield, Sylvain Amyotte:
However, shops will have to adapt to comply with public health directives and put in place hygiene, health and safety measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
The Government of Quebec has added maintenance and repair work for all vehicles to its list of essential services, effective April 15th, 2020. Suppliers of products, parts or other equipment necessary for transportation and repair services are also affected by this amendment.
“By implementing, at all times, public health directives such as the physical distancing with employees and customers and other relevant health measures, such as making telephone or Internet appointments, vehicle maintenance and repair will now be allowed to reopen. In addition, in the exceptional context of this pandemic, the postponement of the deadline for the removal of winter tires will make life easier for Quebeckers.” - François Bonnardel, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Estrie region
In order to make life easier for citizens affected by the situation of COVID-19, the Ministère des Transports du Quebec announced the postponement of the date for the removal of studded tires until June 5th, 2020.
Note that mining activities, as well as landscape maintenance will also resume on April 15th.