Carmaker SEAT intends to start up its factories in Spain on April 27, nearly six weeks after it paused all output due to one of many world’s worst nationwide pandemics of the coronavirus, the Volkswagen unit said Friday.
Workers would return gradually as they begin manufacturing at its four locations close to the eastern city of Barcelona resumes, allowing the corporate to keep implementing health and security measures, a SEAT spokesman stated.
Spain has reported over 180,000 cases of the coronavirus and over 19,000 deaths, placing it in the top three worst-affected nations along with the U.S. and Italy.
“We have to observe rules like the distance between workers and much more cleaning on the manufacturing lines, which won’t allow us to produce at the same rate,” the spokesperson stated. “We’ll go little by little until we get to the volume we had before.”
Lots of jobs were lost due to constraints on movements and closures. Madrid began to calm down those curbs gradually on Monday.
SEAT has presented a temporary layoff plan for its nearly 11,000 production staff, which will allow them to start coming back to work at different times over the course of eight weeks.