LONDON -- Nissan will restart production at its Barcelona factory from May 4 and will begin piloting safety measures at its British plant this week.
"The management team in Spain is working with the local works councils in those plants on the new measures and procedures required to ensure a safe restart," Nissan said in a statement on Wednesday.
The automaker's output in Spain has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Its UK plant in Sunderland, England, stopped on March 17.
Nissan said it has spent recent weeks carrying out extensive risk assessments and benchmarking with other manufacturers around the world to put in place safety measures.
In Sunderland, where it builds its Qashqai, Juke and Leaf cars, the new protocols will be piloted this week by 50 staff in the powertrain unit.
No date has yet been set for production to resume at the Sunderland factory, where 6,000 people work.
The automaker's plant in Barcelona, which builds the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan pickups, along with the NV200 van and Pulsar hatchback, will restart production with pickups. Powertrain output and some components production will also resume.