The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reportedly released new sector-specific guidance covering how automotive production sites can control the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

Some auto plants plan to open before the end of May, the SMMT said.

The guidance covers the complete automotive manufacturing environment, including workstations, staff entrances, car parks, shared offices, meeting rooms and communal areas, and includes social distancing, hygiene standards, personal protective equipment (PPE), mental health, and staff communications.

‘The coronavirus crisis has taken a heavy toll on the automotive industry but, as lockdown measures begin to ease, at last there is some light at the end of the tunnel,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘Global markets are starting to open up and overseas demand for UK-built vehicles, engines and components will follow.’

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