Toyota extends shutdown to May 4

Posted at 11:50 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 13:22:52-04

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Toyota announced Wednesday, April 8, that it is extending the production suspension at all North American Manufacturing facilities for an additional two weeks.

The new plan allows for employees to return to work on Monday, May 4.

"Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and decline in vehicle demand, Toyota is further extending the length of its production suspension at all of its automobile and components plants in North America, including Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The manufacturing facilities will remain closed through May 1, resuming production on May 4. Our service parts operations and finished vehicle logistics centers will continue to operate in order to meet the ongoing needs of our customers. We will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action in a timely manner." said Rick Hesterberg, Toyota Manager of Corporate Communications.

In a release, Toyota officials say they have made this decision in order to increase social distancing and protect the health of employees.

This is a developing story. LEX 18 News will update as more information becomes available.