Toyota Canada’s manufacturing plants in Cambridge and Woodstock are expected to return to work today following an almost two month long shut down. Workers will spend the first day back learning the new safety procedures that have been brought in to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Toyota Canada first shuttered plants March 19 after a worker at Toyota Cambridge tested positive for COVID-19. To date, three people who worked there have tested positive, the company has confirmed.
The company's timelines and safety procedures will be the same at plants in both Cambridge and Woodstock.
According to Toyota Motor Manufacturing President Frank Voss, screening for COVID-19 will begin while workers are still at home. Before arriving at work, employees will fill out a survey with questions about possible symptoms and past travel. After they arrive at the plant, workers must sanitize their hands, put on a mask and have their temperatures taken before beginning work.
Voss told news outlets that the company is also following strict rules around physical distancing and sanitization. Barriers are in place in some areas and workers will be given cleaning products to wipe down high-touch surfaces. If a worker tests positive at the plant, the company will follow public health protocols to identify close contacts of the positive case and to deep clean any affected areas before resuming production.
The company said those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been directed to self-quarantine will be placed on paid leave.
Other Ontario automakers are also set to resume production in the coming weeks.
Fiat Chrysler Automotive is set to begin production at most North American facilities the week of May 18. The Ford Motor Company will also restart production in Windsor May 19 and in Oakville May 25.