Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plans to gradually resume production from 18th May, starting with manufacturing plants in Solihull in the UK as well as in Slovakia and Austria.

In China, it says it is ‘beginning to see recovery in vehicle sales and customers are returning to our showrooms’. JLR’s joint venture plant in Changshu has been in operation since the middle of February.

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

JLR also said it is developing robust protocol 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,” the company said.

Jaguar Land Rover also said it is doing ‘whatever it can to support its communities through the current situation. The company’s thoughts are with those directly affected by COVID-19 and with the healthcare professionals, whose role in combating this virus is appreciated by all’.

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