With Northern Ireland entering a period of lockdown from 12.01am 27th November 2020 it is more important than ever for members to understand the restrictions that are imposed.

What does this mean for the motor industry?

The advice currently being given by the Northern Ireland Assembly is that all retail except for essential retail will have to close from 12.01 Friday 27th November for a period of 2 weeks.

Click and collect facilities will be permitted to operate on an appointment-only basis with maximum mitigations in place.

What is essential retail?

The following are some of businesses or services are permitted to stay open:

  • food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops
  • petrol stations
  • motor vehicle repair and MOT services
  • bicycle shops
  • taxi or vehicle hire businesses
  • storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business included in this list
  • car parks

Further Information

Further Information, including full details of all tiers etc…can be found at



It is important to note that the Regulations are not specific to the motor industry and therefore do not deal with the particular challenges we face. We can therefore only provide a general guide that should be used with care.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the member helpline on 0845 305 42 30

Motor Industry Legal Services

Motor Industry Legal Services (MILS Legal Ltd) provides fully comprehensive legal advice and representation to UK motor retailers for one annual fee. It is the only law firm in the UK which specialises in motor law and motor trade law. MILS currently advises over 1,000 individual businesses within the sector as well as the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) and its members.