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Question? Are Car Wash businesses ESSENTIAL?

Updated: Apr 16

This is great question! And it has been answered by the Executive Director of the Southwest Car Wash Association, Chuck Space. In an email sent to members of the SCWA, it reads the following:


"March 19, Homeland Security issued a memorandum identified as “Automotive Repair & Maintenance Facilities” as having an essential critical infrastructure workforce. Car washing is often classified under NAICS code 8111 (Automotive Repair & Maintenance).

SCWA believes car washing operations provide a basic and sanitizing service that is essential to the health and safety. There is a continuing need for automotive owners to keep their vehicles clean and safe. Uber, Lyft and Taxi drivers have a continuing need to keep their vehicles clean and safe. People transporting the elderly; people assisting as volunteers or paid staff for non-profits offering essential services; people delivering goods and food need to maintain a safe environment.

It is important to note this may not include some non - essential services offered by car wash operations. It is also important to note your business should recognize the protocols of no gathering more than 10 people and social distancing standards. Basic wash and auto maintenance services and any interior and exterior sanitizing sprays and services are valuable to the general public."

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