The big three automakers – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), and Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) decides to shut down their plants on fears of COVID-19 pandemic and on growing pressure from United Auto Workers (UAW) Union.
A Sudden change in the decision
On the night of Tuesday, the three large automakers entered a deal with UAW to partially shut down the plants. However, they reversed their decisions on Wednesday morning after a worker at Ford tested positive.
An assembly plant worker at Ford said the factories could have closed down much earlier, like the governor has ordered shut down of the entire state to save every citizen from the claws of coronavirus.
Gretchen Whitner says to limit gatherings to 50
Gretchen Whitner, the governor, on Monday morning has said to limit the gatherings to fifty or less. Despite this, several workers are on duty at three large automakers. However, automakers decided to shut down their factories because casualties are reported from among the auto workers.
After confirming the first cases in the state, Whitner, on March 10, 2020, has announced a state of emergency in Michigan. He ordered to close down all the schools. Whitman also restricted visits to hospitals and similar facilities. He allowed the functioning of few restaurants to deliver the orders. However, he instructed the authorities to close public spaces like casinos, gyms, bars, and theaters.
Instructions for protection from COVID-19 pandemic
Symptoms of coronavirus are shortness of breath, cough, and fever. People, who experience any of these symptoms need to consult the physicians immediately in an isolated place after taking an appointment. How to protect from coronavirus is by washing hands frequently and avoid touching the nose, eyes, and face with your hands. You should also avoid standing close to other people.
Patagonia closes down its stores
Patagonia in the US is shutting down its website and stores with effect from Friday amid the menace of coronavirus. The company will issue an update to its valued customers on further actions on March 27, 2020. The retailer said it wants to play on its part to protect the community because of the impact of coronavirus could be large.