BACK TO WORK: Danny O’Shea of Bowler’s Garage was one of the top five Toyota technicians in Ireland last year. The Killarney garage is prepared to reopen.

The workshop element of main dealer garages in Killarney are preparing to reopen tomorrow (Monday) morning, but life will be very different for customers and mechanics.

Every garage will introduce stringent measures to protect staff and customers.

Bowler’s Garage, Killarney’s Toyota dealership, will open its workshop with a “wait and see policy” as they adapt to the new measures.

Workshop appointments will be strictly by a pre-booking arrangement only and the number of mechanics working at any one time will be greatly reduced.

“The booking policy will prevent any surprises and walk-ins and we will be operating with reduced staff,” Brian Bowler told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have to wait and see what happens. We have no idea how busy we are going to be, some people are back to work, but not everyone will be using their cars so there is no point in having all the staff in. We want to fully open the workshop but it is a case of wait and see what the demand will be like.”

Local Nissan dealer Randles Bros operate on two different sites in the county, their showroom and car sales facility is on the Muckross Road and their workshops and repair facilities are in Tralee.

The Tralee workshop will open tomorrow morning after staff there fit an automated de-sanitation station at the premises.

“We will de-sanitise every car before handing it back to the customer,” Dealer Principal David Randles told the Killarney Advertiser.