The French government imposed tough restrictions on vehicle sales as part of its latest measures to reduce surging coronavirus infections.
Dealerships will be closed to walk-in customers during a new lockdown imposed by President Emmanuel Macron's government that will last until Dec. 1
Customers will only be allowed to collect pre-ordered new vehicles from a dealership if they have made an appointment in advance, the CCFA industry association said, citing an announcement by Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire.
It will be possible to order new cars online or by telephone. Dealerships can still service cars and deliver new vehicles.
Showrooms were closed and no sales were permitted during the country's first lockdown from March 17 until May 11.
France's car-sales restrictions are stricter than those imposed in Germany, where the government will allow showrooms to remain open during the country's new lockdown, which takes effect Monday, Nov. 2, provided social distancing and hygiene measures are in place.
Dealerships remain open for business so far in Spain and Italy, where the governments have also taken measures to counter the second wave of COVID-19 infections.
The Italian government introduced new measures on Oct. 25 to contain the pandemic, including a 6 p.m. closure of bars and restaurants, and the closure of gyms, swimming pools, cinemas and theaters. A nighttime curfew has been introduced in the hardest hit regions.
Italian dealer association Federauto said showroom traffic has declined significantly in the last few weeks as customers have grown concerned about fast-rising COVID-19 infection numbers.
Spain declared a national state of emergency on Oct. 25 and imposed a nighttime curfew.