Halfords has re-opened its centre in Colchester, but with a series of measures to protect customers and staff.

The business issued a statement yesterday saying its centres were an essential service provider for people who rely on their cars.

However, it has introduced social distancing measures and staff have been issued with a range of PPE.

The protective measures include the introduction of a zero contact policy including staff not taking cash payments.

Only one customer is allowed to enter the reception area at a time and two metre social distancing measures are being maintained.

Plastic wrap will be used on steering wheels and gear levers on every repair and service job.

The reopening comes after the Government introduced a temporary MoT exemption but warned vehicles must still be kept in a roadworthy condition.

The shop’s re-opening follows that of DIY retailer B&Q which is partially back in business, after reopening 155 of its 300 stores across the UK. They include those in Colchester and Clacton.