Dear Carwash Professionals:

The Car Wash Association of Pennsylvania (CAP) understands there is much concern and confusion surrounding the issue of Governor Wolf’s announcement for all non-life-saving businesses to close during the COVID-19 quarantine. We are working diligently to obtain clarity on this decision and how it applies to the carwash businesses throughout Pennsylvania.

CAP has reached out to the Commonwealth specifically on this matter and are awaiting a response. We will be sure to provide you with an update once we have more clarity and direction. What we do know is that the New York Carwash Association has reached out to NY’s government officials and were told they were not exempt. This does not mean PA will make the same ruling, but merely to offer additional perspective.

Until we receive a response, please see below for an updated shared by the International Carwash Association (ICA) as well as some additional resources that may be of value to you. And in case you have not heard, The Carwash Show 2020 which was planned for April has be cancelled.

“Some carwashes may be able to remain open during restrictions on “non-essential” businesses. The Dept. of Homeland Security’s March 19 memorandum identified “Automotive Repair and Maintenance Facilities” as having an essential critical infrastructure workforce. Carwashes are often classified under the NAICS code 8111 (Automotive Repair and Maintenance). Gas stations, convenience stores and fast lubes may have additional options per the memorandum.”

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Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

COVID-19 Workplace Response

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Posters for Download and Print from the CDC about COVID19 for employees.

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Message from the President

**COVID 19 – Understanding Governor’s Implementation within the Commonwealth**

Dear CAP Members and PA Car Wash Owners and Operators:

Our Country and our Commonwealth is managing through unprecedented time right now. The COVID 19 virus and the ability to control it’s spread has brought each person and business to a place a great caution.

On Monday March 16, 2020 PA Gov. Tom Wolf strongly urges that all businesses close for a period of time. This, in response to limiting the spread of this virus in public setting, now known as “community contact”. Many retail stores and large businesses with public interaction fall under this directive by the Governor for the safety of employees and public alike.

A list of non-essential vs essential businesses has been posted at www.PA.gov. Automotive Services, which includes Car Wash facilities does not appear on this list. This has left many of you concerned as to should I be open or should I be closed. The Carwash Association of Pennsylvania is not here to answer that question for you.

Should you choose to remain open, here are some friendly tips and best practices:
–If you or any of your employees are experiencing any flu like symptoms, they should not report to work.
–Provide your employees with PPE (personal protection equipment), Gloves, Face protection, hand soap and hand sanitizer.
–If you operate a Full Service Car Wash:
Point of Sale Transactions – Make sure you or your employees are fitted with latex gloves and face mask and have hand-sanitizer near by during and following interacting with the customers, and handling money and or credit cards.
–Have your customers remain in the vehicle to perform Exterior Wash services only.
–Towel drying can be offered for the exterior only. Wear latex gloves to receive tips.
–If you operate an Express, In Bay Automatic or Self Serve:
Sanitize Frequently all areas that public hands touch; equipment, coin boxes, touch screens, vending machine, vacuum nozzles & hoses, triggers/wands, garbage receptacles, etc.

We trust that each of you remains healthy and positive during these unforeseen and awkward times.

Clean and Safe will prevail.

Thank you,

The Carwash Association of PA

About CAP

logobigIn the early 90’s car wash owners and operators rallied protect and promote their livelihood, as local and state government agencies continued to expand their regulatory reach on small businesses in the Commonwealth. The Carwash Association of Pennsylvania was formed by a group of proactive industry leaders to advance and safeguard the business interests of the car wash industry. Their vision was to build a trade association that would foster and support efforts to improve and expand the quality and standards of industry services. Further, Association founders wished to establish and facilitate a networking venue that promoted the development of industry relationships where members could share best-practices and business experiences. Do you share that vision? 

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