In its announcement, it mentioned that only the production-related activities would stop, and activities related to non-production will continue to run its course. Also, staff capable of completing tasks from home will be assigned work accordingly.
By and large, Italy is one of the countries that has been gravely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak after China. Many shops, schools, and sites for work got closed after the March 11th decree passed by the country’s government. People were informed to avoid unnecessary contact with other people.
Both Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Lamborghini, along with numerous other manufacturers, have ceased vehicle production in the country. FCA plants haven’t just closed in Italy. Instead, the Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Maserati manufacturers have halted production across Europe due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“This measure is an act of social responsibility and high sensibility towards our people, in the extraordinary situation in which we find ourselves right now in Italy and which is also evolving abroad due to the worldwide spread of Coronavirus- Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini
The plants will cease manufacturing until the next two weeks, but could even extend their closure dates. Also, Volkswagen Group, a prominent car manufacturer, has announced that it will close its manufacturing units in Italy and Spain.
The pandemic reach of the COVID-19 has led to many disruptions across the globe. These include cities, towns, and states of the US. Unfortunately, there is worse news about the workforce in the car industry. The Circuit of the Americas has announced that it will not just shut down during the brief outbreak, but also lay off staff and claimed the step is due to public gathering restrictions limited to 250 or more people at the race track center in Austin, Texas.
The Circuit of the Americas believes that the layoffs will prevent the spread of the outbreak. Moreover, the ban started on Monday, March 17th, 2020, and will last until May 1st. The Circuit of the Americas has stated that it might shorten or extend the ban depending on the pandemic outcome.
The COVID-19 has not just shut down manufacturing units and laid off staff at the Circuit of the Americas, but also led to the delay of events such as the New York International Auto Show. Many reputed brands were planning to launch their newly developed vehicles and next year models at this show that was about to happen in April this year. Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, this show will happen in August this year.
Last week the opening round of the 2020 F1 season at the Australian Grand Prix was canceled due to a coronavirus outbreak. The season will happen at a European racetrack by the end of May. Furthermore, races that were going to happen in Bahrain, China, and Vietnam will arrive later this year. Even famous and significant events such as Formula E, IndyCar and MotoGP are on the verge of delaying their event dates. Stay tuned for more news on the effects of Coronavirus in the automobile industry.