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New York allows automatic carwashes to reopen

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — According to, the state of New York has rolled back some restrictions on closing down carwashes as a result of appeals from owners and a business association.

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The state is allowing automated, exterior carwashes to reopen as long as there is no customer-employee interaction, the article continued.

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The exterior carwashes can open as long as employees can pay via phone app, automatic kiosk, subscription plan or contract, the article noted.

According to the article, additional rules include:

  • Automatic carwashes can only be open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Only two employees can be on-site at a time — one to maintain machinery and one to assist with traffic flow and disinfect machines and kiosks. The employees must wear masks.
  • Employees cannot vacuum, detail, dry or apply cleaning products by hand to vehicles.
  • The carwash must enforce social distancing between customers and employees.

These changes stem from a result of the efforts of Tom Hoffman Jr., owner of Hoffman Car Wash, and the New York State Car Wash Association, the article concluded.

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