Automakers in Europe have begun shutting down their plants and facilities in order to protect employees from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s the same case in the US as Toyota, Ford, and GM have announced plant closures in the coming days. Unfortunately, the reason why Hyundai shut down its plant in Alabama is that one of their employees has already contracted the virus.
According to Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 among its workforce. However, they add that the individual who tested positive is currently not on-site at the plant. As a result of the confirmed case, the plant has suspended production in all areas of the plant and all shifts starting March 18. Furthermore, the entire plant will be disinfected following protocol.
“The health and well-being of our team members is a top priority for our company. We are following ADPH’s protocols for disinfecting the affected work area and deploying additional sanitation measures across the entire facility. Once HMMA’s environment, health, and safety team have determined that the affected area has been sufficiently sanitized and production is safe to resume, our team members will be informed,” Hyundai said in a statement.
For now, it is still uncertain when Hyundai’s Alabama plant will return to operations. As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, it might not be anytime soon. The Sonata, Elantra, Santa Fe made for the US market are built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hopefully, no other employee from the Alabama plant gets affected by the coronavirus.