The last few days have seen several automakers in Europe closing their plants, temporarily, in response to the spreading Coronavirus. Automakers in North America are now following in their footsteps – halting their business operations to mitigate the impact of the pandemic that is already sweeping through the United States of America. Top on the list are Ford, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Toyota, and Honda, among others.
Some places in North America are on lockdown due to the COVID-19
The reasons for the temporary close-of-business revolve around concerns about employees' health and safety. As these employees work in proximity and interact with people, there is a tendency for them to get infected especially at a time when social distancing is highly recommended by government authorities and health experts.
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Hyundai was one of the first automakers to have an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The company swung into action by closing its Alabama factory where the incident occurred.
The three biggest automakers in Detroit – Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and General Motors – have announced that they will not be open for business, beginning from this week. For Toyota and Honda, the closure will kick-off next week. Nissan is not delaying its closure as it commences today March 20.
Although these automakers are in agreement about embarking on the temporary closure, the duration of their closures differ. While some have announced a 2-week duration, others are keen on observing the developments of the virus in the coming days before making a decision.
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The compulsory holiday by Detroit’s automakers will see no fewer than 150,000 employees staying idle at home. There are plans to offer them supplemental pay in order to ease their financial burdens. While their factories are on lockdown, these automakers are disinfecting their environments to eradicate traces of the virus.
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