Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Wednesday that the state’s auto factories could possibly be shut down once more if residents don’t observe her order to put on masks and sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus.
“If Michiganders don’t masks up after we exit in public, circumstances may rise and we could possibly be compelled to shut down extra of our companies, together with auto manufacturing vegetation that make use of 1000’s,” Whitmer mentioned at a press convention in Lansing, Mich. “A second wave of this virus could possibly be completely devastating.”
The warning comes as automakers crank up output at factories to attempt to meet surprisingly robust demand, particularly for pickups, crossovers and SUVs. Common Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Vehicles briefly shuttered factories in Michigan and elsewhere within the U.S. in March to assist management the COVID-19 outbreak.
Whitmer cleared the best way for these vegetation to reopen in Could amid indicators the pandemic was receding within the state.
Amongst automakers depending on Michigan factories, Ford has loads driving on native manufacturing of the redesigned and top-selling F-150 pickup and revived Bronco SUV after 1 / 4 century hiatus. The Ford Ranger pickup, considered one of simply two Ford Motor Co. nameplates to put up a year-over-year achieve in second-quarter gross sales, can be produced in Michigan.
GM is working its vegetation full out to replenish truck inventories. Different common fashions inbuilt Michigan embrace the Ram pickup, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevrolet Traverse.
On Wednesday, Michigan reported 891 new circumstances of COVID-19, probably the most each day new circumstances since Could 14. That brings Michigan’s complete variety of circumstances to 71,197. The state says 6,085 residents have died of the illness.