“Following NFDA’s lobbying efforts, it is positive that Northern Ireland dealers will be able to welcome customers back into their showrooms from Friday 30 April”, said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK.

The Northern Ireland Executive has recently announced that from 30 April all shops in Northern Ireland will be permitted to reopen, in line with a package of indicative reopening dates.

Currently, only essential retailers are permitted to open, whilst a number of businesses such as car washes and vehicle retailers have been able to trade outdoor since Monday 12 April 2021.

An indicative date of 24 May has also been set for further relaxations to restrictions, including the mixing of households in private dwellings and some other gatherings, subject to a review.

Sue Robinson added: “We have been working with officials and ministers to ensure the full reopening of showrooms in Northern Ireland as soon as it was deemed safe to do so and it is encouraging that dealers will be able to welcome customers back into their premises later this week.

“Following the huge challenges that faced automotive retailers over the past twelve months, the reopening of showrooms across the UK is an important step forward, one that will support people’s personal mobility and help get the economy moving again”.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Further information available at: NI Direct – Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance: what the restrictions mean for you (page is regularly updated)

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The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) is the trade association representing franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK. The automotive retail sector is one of the pillars of the UK economy, it has a turnover of around £200 billion and employs 590,000 people. There are about 4,500 automotive franchised retailer outlets in the UK.

NFDA is the voice of automotive retailers.