Ford outlines changes to its factories when they reopen

Ford Motor Co. F, -3.23% on Thursday outlined future safety protocols and confirmed ongoing talks with union and government representatives to reopen its facilities in North America, which are closed under shutdown orders to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. “Getting back to work isn’t just good news for Ford employees. It’s also good news for our suppliers, car dealers and the ecosystems that provide services around them, like restaurants, shops and stores. This economic multiplier effect is going to help reboot communities around the globe,” Ford Chief Executive Jim Farley said in a statement. The safety measures include scheduling more time between shifts, modifying workplaces to allow for social distancing, and distributing masks and other personal protective equipment to be worn inside the facilities, Ford said. Cafeterias, small meeting rooms, and other common areas where social distance is not possible will remain closed, the company said. Ford will also implement no-touch temperature scans, and require everyone entering a Ford facility to wear masks, the company said. Ford reiterated plans to reopen in Europe by next week, and said a small number of employees have returned to work this week in North America to begin installing equipment for the new safety measures. The company late Tuesday reported a $2 billion loss in its first quarter, and said it expects more losses in the second quarter.

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