The provincial government in Quebec has deemed service and repairs on emergency vehicles to be essential services.
The list of essential services includes the “mechanical repair of motor vehicles, trucks and specialized equipment for industries deemed essential and roadside assistance.”
All non-essential services must shut down by midnight tonight.
Quebec Premier François Legault’s announced Monday that Quebec is being put in partial lockdown, with all non-essential stores are being closed until at least April 13.
So far, three other provinces – Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick – have designated the aftermarket as an essential part of the economy during province-wide emergencies.
Here is the complete list of what can stay open in Quebec:
Media and communications services
Taxis and adapted transport
Liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries
Courthouses (minimal services)
Gas stations and garages
Funeral homes and cemeteries
Dry cleaners and laundromats
Restaurant takeout counter service
Dentists and optometrists (emergency services).
Medical and orthopedic supply stores
Ports and airports
Blood services (Red Cross) and organ donation services
Police and fire services
Food distribution networks
Food inspection services
Transport and storage services
Postal services and couriers
Construction services including infrastructures deemed essential
Construction rental equipment
For the province of Quebec, it is CLEARLY STATED, repairs (not maintenance) are to be done on vehicles used for essential services. We could stretch the rule to fix a doctor’s car for example, but nothing for the general public. The whole point of this is to PREVENT the virus to spread. Why the hell are we trying to fight to be called an essential service to stay open, to be part of the problem?
I second that opinion from Steve.
I closed my garage (3 bays) out of precaution on the 13th.
I tried to implement precautionary guidelines to my staff and clients and only half were co-operating, so they left me no choice but to shut down.
Not worth the health risks for a couple of tire and oil changes.
The majority of customers understand why.