Aston Martin has temporarily suspended all manufacturing at its UK plants in line with the latest UK government instructions on the fight against COVID-19.
"The business has taken this difficult but appropriate action in its determination to fully support the UK government's measures on slowing the spread of COVID-19 and, crucially, to protect the health and safety of its workforce, its suppliers, and their families," the luxury sportscar maker said in a statement. "The period of manufacturing suspension is initially planned to Monday 20 April 2020, however, the business will continue to review the situation and will look to resume operations as soon as it is reasonable to do so." Aston Martin Lagonda president and Group CEO, Andy Palmer, said: "It is our responsibility to ensure we do all we can to support the government's efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19 over the coming weeks and, with the health of our amazing workforce front and centre of our minds, we have taken the tough decision to temporarily suspend operations at our sites around the UK. "I hope and believe that our national fight against this dreadful virus will be successful and, as soon as we have the ability, we will, of course, return to normal operations. In the meantime, I would like to wish everyone associated with this great company good luck, and good health."