Luxury automaker Ferrari stated on Thursday it would resume operations at its Maranello and Modena plants on May 4, when Italy is set to begin removing lockdown measures.
The two facilities, both situated in Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region, remains shutdown since mid-March when Rome imposed curbs on people’s movements and froze manufacturing activities regarded as non essential, to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
The sites will restart operations “gradually” and get back to full production on Friday May 8, Ferrari stated.
The automaker stated that before resuming operations it was organizing training sessions for employees – focused on precautionary measures they must take – as part of its “Back on Track” program, revealed earlier this month and aimed at planning for a safe working environment at the sites.
Under this program, Ferrari staff, families and providers will first take blood tests and will then be provided an app which will alert them if they’ve been in close contact with any of the individuals participating in the scheme who had contracted COVID-19.
During the closure period the automaker has produced parts to convert snorkel masks into respirators for treating patients with Covid-19 coronavirus and to protect medical workers, using its 3D printing technology at its plant in Maranello.
About 203,591 people in Italy have been confirmed as being infected with the coronavirus of which 71,252 have made recovery. The virus has killed 27,682 people in the country.