SEAT aims to resume auto plants in Spain on April 27

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Volkswagen unit SEAT prepares to resume its plants in Spain on April 27, nearly six weeks after it stopped all output because of the spread of the coronavirus.

Workers would return to work as the production at its four sites near the eastern city of Barcelona restarts, allowing the automaker to keep implementing health and safety measures, a SEAT spokesman stated.

“We need to observes rules such as keeping distance between workers and much more cleaning on the production lines, which won’t allow us to produce at the same rate,” the spokesman stated. “We will go little by little until we get to the volume we had before.”

Hundreds of thousands of jobs in the country have been destroyed by restrictions on movement which were placed in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Madrid started to relax those curbs gradually on Monday.

SEAT has presented a temporary layoff plan for its approximately 11,000 production staff which will allow them to start returning to work at different times over the course of eight weeks.

Coronavirus has so far infected more than 2,375,443 people and killed more than 164,716 people worldwide. In Spain, it has killed 20,639 and infected 196,586 people.

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