Ford Motor expects to begin operations of its 19 plants across Europe from Monday, May 4.
The plants have been shuttered since March 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused a rolling shutdown of its manufacturing plants globally.
Ford operates 19 manufacturing facilities in Europe and employs about 59,000 people, including joint ventures. The plants will resume operations gradually, with new global standards on social distancing, employee health and safety actions, according to the company.
Ford also will provide employees in Europe with a personal “care kit” that includes disposable face masks, a reusable thermometer and other hygiene items, the company said.
Employees at non-production locations in Europe will start to return in a phased approach from May 4, Ford said