Can they open the workshops during the state of alarm decreed by the coronavirus?

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Can they open the workshops during the state of alarm decreed by the coronavirus?


Activation of Alarm status in Spain as a measure to stop the expansion of the coronavirus raises many doubts. Among them: if my car breaks down, Will I find an open workshop?

Royal Decree 463/2020 of March 14, declaring the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by the COVID-19, establishes that only essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, tobacconists can continue to function … (after much controversy, hairdressers must remain closed and can only provide services at home).

Among the assumptions by which individuals can leave their homes are shopping for basic necessities, going to work, going to a health center or caring for dependent people. They can do it on foot or in carBut what happens if it breaks during these fifteen days?

The employers recommend that the workshops continue to provide service

In a joint statement, the Spanish Confederation of Automobile and Related Repair Shops (Cetraa) and the Spanish Federation of Professional Automotive Entrepreneurs (Conepa) assure that after “analyzing in depth each point of RD 463/2020, CETRAA and CONEPA interpret that the vehicle repair and maintenance workshops are included in essential services that Spanish society needs to preserve the transport and mobility services set forth in article 7 of the aforementioned legal text. “Therefore, and in our opinion, the establishments in the sector should open their doors tomorrow (Monday) to continue providing Spaniards the important support they need at the moment. “

However, both federations have consulted the Ministries of Health, Transport, Mobility and Urban and Interior Agenda, with powers in the state of alarm, on the situation of the workshops while the state of alarm lasts. The questions try to solve the question of whether they can open, receive supplies from their suppliers for the performance of their activity and whether people in need of their services will be able to travel to their facilities.

“Pending conclusive response, our entities advise that the workshops open their doors, to fulfill our important social function,” they recommend. “If the authorities do not consider it that way, we hope that they will be the ones who take responsibility for giving us the order to close.” And one last tip: “consult what has been legislated to date at the regional level.”

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