I'm a (currently furloughed) sales manager in a car dealership that is part of a wider group of 13 dealerships. Our group managing director called me yesterday to say that two of our dealerships had letters to indicate we'd be reopening showrooms (service and parts depts. were allowed to remain open for service/MOT/repair work for key workers providing they have the ability to follow govt. guidelines etc but sales depts had to close as understandably deemed non-essential) on Monday May 11. He was fairly vague about the letters but it just made me wonder where has this come from? From watching today's government briefing, and keeping tabs on the figures and headlines if anything it seems more likely that when the next lockdown review on May 7 comes around there is more likely to be an extension of the lockdown coupled with options on how we'll start to lift certain restrictions providing the 'R' rate falls below 1 and all the other criteria is met. Therefore a May 11 return for me seems a tad presumptuous and soon?
Surely the government aren't sending letters out to businesses when the mantra in the briefings and media is, understandably, that we need to see how it pans out over the coming weeks?