Skoda Auto production line

William Malcolm

Škoda Auto Prepares To Resume Production

Škoda Auto is preparing to resume operations in its Czech plants on Monday. The company has implemented dozens of sanitary procedures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Skoda is providing all employees with one face mask per day, two disinfecting wipes, and there are hand disinfectant dispensers throughout the plants. Employees will be subject to random temperature screening when entering the factory. The company has also banned smoking at all of its factories.

Škoda Auto halted production at all three of its Czech plants in on 18 March. Employees received 70 percent salary from 18 March to 29 March, after which the amount increased to 75 percent.

Efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus have led to the introduction of quarantine measures and plant closures across the automotive industry. As a result of production shutdowns, companies are already experiencing a significant drop in sales. The Association of Automotive Industry estimates the monthly decline in car sales in the Czech Republic exceeds 50 billion crowns due to production outages.