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Coronavirus: Order to close car garages revoked (updated)

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As part of measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the government ordered the closure of car repair shops only to revoke the decision just hours later after realizing it would create widespread problems.

The order came into effect at 6am Wednesday and was meant to remain in place until April 30.

However, a few hours later it was revoked, with the health ministry saying it would issue a new order later in the day.

Earlier, the small business union Povek said it was their understanding that the order included all 12 categories relating to vehicle repair, including tyre shops, electricians, and so on.

Povek chairman Stephanos Koursaris said a 48-hour period should have been granted to garages to return the vehicles to customers where possible.

There was also the matter of emergency vehicles like ambulances needing repair, Koursaris said.


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