NEW: Honda will reopen gradually with special health precautions

Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant. Honda image
Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant. Honda image

Honda will gradually resume auto, engine and transmission production in the U.S. and Canada beginning Monday, ending a suspension of production that started March 23.

All of the company’s employees will return to work next week, a company spokesman said.

Honda said it will stagger the start-up at each plant, with most plants using the first day back to work to ensure that front-line leaders are trained on new procedures related to COVID-19 prevention.

Employees will first tackle safety measures and re-train on work processes, the automaker said.

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With about 14,000 employees statewide, Honda is one of the Dayton and Springfield area’s largest employers.

While some employees will continue to work from home, Honda emphasized that it will take certain safety measures, including scanning the temperature of all employees, suppliers, contractors and visitors.

No one with a temperature of 100 or higher will be permitted in a Honda facility.

Workers will also use masks and face coverings inside all buildings except when eating or drinking. Honda said plants and offices will provide one new mask per day for every employee.

Honda will also require associates to wear face shields in certain areas of the manufacturing plants as an added precaution.

Shift starts will be staggered, as will lunch and break times, to cut down on crowding.

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“Each plant is adjusting processes and workstations to achieve social distancing on the production line to the extent possible,” Honda also said in its announcement.