As some countries begin to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases, some automakers are restarting production. One of them is Audi, and they aim for things to go back to normal by the end of the month. This comes after parent company Volkswagen announced that they will gradually start reopening assembly lines.
“On the way back to the first phase after the production shutdown, health precautions for the protection of the employees have the highest priority. Audi teams of experts, consulting with specialists, have therefore adapted processes with a view to health protection” said Peter Mosch, chairman of Audi’s labor council.
Audi had actually started to resume some operations last week. In fact, Engine production in Gyor, Hungary, had already started. At the moment, the company didn't mention which vehicle assembly plants will resume production. That aside, Audi had further enhanced the health benefits of those who will have to report to the plant.
Social distancing measures will be implemented in group spaces, factory gates, parking spaces and internal factory traffic, as well as catering and factory restaurants. Around the facility, all employees are to use mouth and nose protection in areas where distances of 1.5 meters are not possible. There are even physical barriers along the assembly line just to ensure employee safety. One of these include plastic sheeting in door assembly so two workers will not come into direct contact with each other.
As for other employees (particularly office staff) Audi will continue running with a work from home program. This is to minimize the people around their offices and be able to maintain social distancing protocols.