Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) stated on Thursday its Italian network of approved dealers and mechanic workshops would restart on May 4, when the country is set to start removing a national lockdown put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus.
A package of health and safety measures for employees and customers will be put in place throughout the entire network to adhere to the rules set by Rome to prepare for a staged resumption of economic activities following weeks of national lockdown caused by the virus outbreak.
A vast majority of the automaker’s dealers and workshops in Italy are operated by private operators, while the automaker directly operates some big ones in big cities.
FCA this week restarted van production at its Atessa plant located in central Italy and some operations located in other Italian plants, including preparatory works at its Melfi facility for the final development of Jeep’s new hybrid cars, and at Turin’s Mirafiori plant which concerns its new electric 500 small car.
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.