Renault owned Automobile Dacia resumed operations at Mioveni, near Pitesti, Romania, on Monday, 4 May while Ford also restarted its car plant in Craiova, southern Romania, the same day.

Both automakers had suspended operations after a state of emergency was decreed in Romania due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in mid March, reported.

The government has since downgraded state of emergency to state of alert.

The report said the automakers had used the last six weeks to implement new operational flows and safety measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections for employees.

Dacia has over 14,000 workers at Mioveni while Ford has 6,200 at Craiova.

Dacia said its powertrain and body factory, which reopened on 21 April, returned to a normal three shift schedule on 4 May.

The vehicle assembly factory would work in two shifts and the logistics division one to start.

Starting 11 May, the vehicle factory will also return to three shifts with the logistics division coordinating activity with operations at other Renault plants worldwide.

The company has implemented safety and social distancing measures for workers. Each will receive four face masks a day to use while at work and travelling to and from the factories.

They will also have disinfectant for cleaning hands and work stations.

Ford builds the EcoSport and newly launched Puma small SUVs/crossovers in Romania.