Car maker Ford is restarting production in the UK, including at the company’s engine plant in Dagenham, Essex.

The resumption of production in the UK means that all of Ford’s European manufacturing facilities are back at work.

A limited number of employees had continued to work on company sites in the UK over recent weeks to ensure the ongoing provision of critical services.

As we return to work at our two engine plants in the UK, our key priority is the implementation of Ford’s global standards on social distancing and strengthened health and safety protocols to safeguard the well-being of our workforce.

Graham Hoare, chairman of Ford of Britain
Initial production has resumed, as it has at the Bridgend Engine Plant in south Wales.

Ford outlined a series of health and safety measures which will be put in place, including requiring anyone entering a Ford facility to use a company-provided face mask, and a face shield in select manufacturing positions and other positions where social distancing cannot be met.> Everyone entering a Ford facility will have their body temperature checked with scanning equipment, and a daily, wellness self-assessment of workers will be made.> Work areas are being redesigned to ensure social-distancing guidelines are maintained and there will be a phased return to work to reduce employee density in buildings and on production lines.