Boris Johnson is scheduled to address the nation at 8pm today (January 4). The Prime Minister is expected to announce new lockdown measures for the country, which could essentially see England placed under a third national lockdown due to spiralling coronavirus cases.
As of Monday, 58,784 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UK.
A further 407 people have also died within 28 days of a positive Covid test.
The rise in cases has also contributed to increased pressure on the NHS.
The number of patients currently in hospital is above levels seen at the peak of the first wave of the virus last year.
Will garages stay open during lockdown?
Further guidance on whether garages can remain open are expected to be announced by the PM on Monday.
Under the first and second national lockdowns, MOT garages were deemed an essential service by the Government.
Car garages are likely to remain open if a third national lockdown is announced, as garages have previously been deemed an essential business.
Under the current Tier 4 measures, only essential businesses can remain open.
Currently the guidance states “petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses” can remain open in Tier 4 areas.
During the first lockdown, a six-month extension was introduced for MOT requirements.
The rules allowed an extension for people whose MOTs needed to be renewed from the end of March 2020.
The extension ended on August 1, 2020, and from this date drivers have had to make sure their cars have valid MOT certification to be legal for roads.
An extension was not granted for MOTs during the second lockdown, and an extension is unlikely to be granted for a third national lockdown.