Tuesday, 05 May 2020 18:44

Car Rental Industry Braces for Impact from Coronavirus

Written by Mark Zinn, News-Press NOW
Car rentals are down amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Car rentals are down amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Mark Zinn, News-Press NOW


Enterprise realized the layoffs were necessary because of the extension of some local shutdowns and recent extension of federal guidelines on social distancing, the company said. Some layoffs began March 23 while others began last week.


The layoffs will affect Missouri employees in several jobs and locations, including at company headquarters in Clayton, MO. It wasn’t clear if either Enterprise, Hertz or Avis-Budget was laying off any St. Joseph employees.


Regardless of the uncertainty the car rental market faces, the industry has been deemed as essential by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and remains open for business.


“We remain open and are committed to helping serve these critical transportation infrastructure needs during this challenging time,” Martini said in a statement to News-Press NOW. “While we remain open for business, we have modified our offerings at some locations for the benefit and well-being of both employees and customers. Part of these temporary operational changes, include curbside rental transactions at our open branch locations, as well as delivery, to promote social distancing.”


There are an estimated 1.3 million rental cars currently in circulation in the U.S., according to Scott.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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