Dealerships across more states and municipalities face uncertainty over whether they can continue to physically keep open sales and service departments as more governors and local leaders issue stay-at-home orders across the U.S. to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
With more directives coming over the weekend, states that have issued stay-at-home or closures of nonessential business orders include California, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Kentucky and Louisiana, with more expected to be announced Monday such as Michigan.
In many cases, the orders have deemed auto service and repair as an essential business and dealerships are able to maintain service operations. But not all executive orders are the same, and uncertainty has led some dealerships to shut entire dealerships in some areas of the country.
On Sunday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a stay-at-home order for all Ohioians. It goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and runs…