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Full service washes can re-open!
We are pleased to announce that full-service operators in MA can now start operating under the attached guidelines (
Retail Checklist, Retail Circular).
Please do not call the State if you have questions; contact the NECA office with your questions:
info@newenglandcarwash.org or 781-245-7400. Be sure to provide your name and your company's name.

As an Association, we strongly recommend that ALL full-service operators have procedures to disinfect vehicle interiors BEFORE they clean the interior to protect both employees and customers. In addition to the retail checklist and circular, we have attached some standard safety posters and docs that all MA businesses should review in reopening.

NECA recommends carefully reviewing all of the attached documents, completing a Covid-19 Control Plan, following health and safety protocols for employees and customers, and prominently posting the Compliance Attestation flyer. Your compliance reflects on all in the industry.

Click for documents to review and post:

CLICK for Covid-19 Resources Brochure: Supplies for the Car Wash Industry
NECA compiled these resources from Supplier members of our Association as a service to the industry.

6/5/20 Congress Passes Bill to Provide Further Flexibility to PPP Borrowers
https://www.murthalaw.com/files/tax_business_congress_passes_bill_to_provide_further_flexibility_to_ppp_borrowers_copy1.pdf


Safe Six - InfoGraphic with guidelines for Re-opening from Cushman & Wakefield: scroll down for PDF

Scroll down for attached documents: 4/10/2020 Update from the NECA Leadership, 4/14/20 Portland, ME "Essential Services", sample letter submitted by Harrell's President

Massachusetts https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-resources-and-guidance-for-businesses
New Hampshire https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/businesses.htm
Rhode Island https://health.ri.gov/covid/
Vermont https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19-guidance

Maine https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/covid-19 Portland, ME "Essential Services" see PDF below
4/30
Maine guidelines as they are public and listed online: https://www.maine.gov/decd/covid-19-prevention-checklists

Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Map & Page

CDC Center for Disease Control & Prevention

World Health Organization (WHO)

Dept. of Homeland Security - Ready.Gov

National Institutes for Health (NIH)

USA.Gov - Disasters & Emergencies


PPP Loan Forgiveness re: rehires: https://www.murthalaw.com/files/tax_business_ppp_loan_forgiveness_what_if_i_offer_to_rehire_an_employee_and_they_reject_my_offer.pdf

Payroll Tax Deferral and PPP Forgiveness: https://www.bakerlaw.com/alerts/seven-facts-employers-need-to-know-about-payroll-tax-deferral
https://www.bakerlaw.com/alerts/faqs-the-coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-cares-act-what-it-means-for-employers

NECA's March 26th panel discussion: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4013543302644345613

Worcester Business Journal webinars on aid for small businesses and more: https://www.wbjournal.com/webinars

CARES Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3548/text

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

From Foley & Foley law firm (Family First Corona Virus Response Act)
https://foleylawpractice.com/2020/03/19/what-you-need-to-know-and-do-now-ffcra/

From NFIB
https://nfib.com/content/press-release/coronavirus/nfib-study-coronavirus-impact-on-small-businesses/

From Consumer Reports
https://consumerreports.org/tires-car-care/how-to-kill-coronavirus-in-your-car-without-damaging-interior-surfaces/

From WHIO-TV 7 - Boston 25 News
https://whio.com/news/national/coronavirus-tips-from-auto-detailer-for-cleaning-and-disinfecting-your-car/uuw431nxJ1nhG9KswIIOfP/

From Car and Driver
https://caranddriver.com/news/a31445391/how-to-clean-car-coronavirus/

From Edmunds
https://edmunds.com/car-safety/how-to-reduce-the-risk-of-the-coronavirus-in-your-vehicle.html

From the CDC
https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

From Car Pro USA
https://carprousa.com/Keeping-Your-Car-Germ-Free-During-the-Coronavirus-Pandemic-and-Flu-Season/a/165


During the shut down, here's how some operators in our area adjusted their operations:

  • Offering exterior wash services only - no direct customer contact.
  • Completely closing the high touch vacuum area.
  • Sanitizing high touch areas like payment keypads after every use.
  • Ordering effective disinfectants from a trusted chemical supplier (see CDC list below)
  • Instituting across the board hourly reductions to lessen the affect on any one employee.
  • Shortening business hours and/or retaining only key personnel as business slows.
  • Discontinuing detailing services.
  • Providing staff training on the necessity of social distancing in the car wash, and the wearing and use of protective gear.
  • Deep cleaning all restrooms, staff break and customer use areas.
  • At scheduled intervals throughout the day, sanitizing pre-wash guns, pay stations and payment keypads, vacuums, vending, door knobs, etc.
  • Offering customers advice on how to sanitize the interiors of their cars.

From ICA "Sharing Ideas in a Time of Crisis" https://www.carwash.org/sharing

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