VACC's Victorian Automobile Dealers Association (VADA) has submitted its COVID-19: Protective Plan and implementation. Automotive retail franchise sector industry guidance and best practice paper to the Victorian State Government.
Proposals outlined in the paper aim to complement current dealership COVIDSafe Plans and allow the industry to takes steps toward recovery, moving from ‘Heavily Restricted’ to either a ‘Restricted’ or ‘Open with a COVID SafePlan’ status during Stage 4 Restrictions – as per the Andrews Government's Roadmap for Reopening (metro Melbourne).
VADA maintains current trading conditions are unsustainable and must be urgently reviewed by the State Government, and that proposed guidelines can only be activated if the government allows for a partial reopening of automotive franchise dealers.
COVID-19: Protective Plan and implementation has been received and is in addition to further documented strategies and roadmaps provided by the Chamber. VACC cannot yet advise what the government's plans are for reopening and what changes may be announced in coming weeks, however, the association continues to propose, for government review and discussion, options and strategies on how retail automotive can reopen safely on-site.
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VACC: COVID-19: Protective Plan and implementation. Automotive retail franchise sector industry guidance and best practice paper