After several attempts to resume production only to push the dates back, Honda has sent a memo to its employees that operations will resume at its Alliston facilities on Monday, May 11. A memo obtained by Barrie 360 indicates production won’t start until the day after.
Production was originally halted in Alliston on March 23 due to the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan was to resume production on March 31 but the date was also scratched.
In the memo to workers today (May 5), Honda said they are beginning to open their operations across North America to respond to the changing environment. It said approximately 60 per cent of Honda dealerships in the U.S. are back in business. The memo noted that parts of the Canadian market are also opening up, using Ontario and Quebec as examples. Honda said Quebec represents about 30 per cent of its sales in Canada.
The automaker said operations would resume slowly to ensure workers are trained on new procedures and rules. Employees have been told when they return to Honda, they will see a number of proactive measures to reduce the potential exposure to and transmission of COVID-19.
Honda said while it is making changes to support social distancing where possible, the company is asking employees to take an active role in ensuring there is a safe and healthy work environment.
The memo indicates production at Alliston will take several weeks before it is back to normal.