Jaguar Land Rover to restart operations

27 April 2020

UK firms across sectors are beginning to resume operations having shut down in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said it plans to gradually resume production from 18 May, starting with its manufacturing plants in Solihull in the UK, as well as in Slovakia and Austria. 

The company said: “As countries are relaxing distancing guidelines and retailers are reopening around the world, the restart of production at our other plants will be confirmed in due course.”

Last month, JLR announced it was temporarily suspending production “in line with advice from the NHS and Public Health England to minimise the spread of the coronavirus, whilst implementing plans to safeguard its business continuity”. 

JLR said that it has developed protocols and guidelines to support a safe return to work.

“We will adopt strict social distancing measures across our business and are currently evaluating a number of different measures to ensure we protect and reassure our workforce when they begin to return to work,” it said.

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey said that following the closure of its sites on 24 March, it was now confident it had clear plans and processes in place to safely start back on site in a phased way beginning on 4 May.

The company said it would start the process of “remobilisation” of construction in a controlled and managed way on the majority of its sites in England and Wales.

“The phased nature of our remobilisation is key to making the necessary adjustments to site safety and to properly train our employees, suppliers and subcontractors in the new requirements and ways of working,” the company said.

DIY retail chain B&Q said that following a successful trial at 14 stores, it had opened 155 stores, around half of its shops, and planned to open the remaining UK stores by early May.

The shops will be operating strict social distancing measures, limits on the number of customers and other safety measures.

Other firms including car manufacturer Aston Martin and housebuilder Persimmon are also reported to be planning to restart certain operations.

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