Volkswagen of America said it plans to begin recalling workers at its Chattanooga assembly plant in the U.S. on the evening of May 3, with production set to resume in limited fashion May 4.
The plant builds the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport crossovers as well as the Passat sedan. Production at the Tennessee plant has been shut down since March 21, with employees placed on temporary emergency furlough on April 11.
Volkswagen said Wednesday that the factory's initial production schedule will be a five-day, eight-hour workweek for most shops. Shift and break times will be staggered.
The automaker will provide personal protective equipment for employees, institute temperature checks for those entering and exiting the plant, and keep six-foot distances between workers. It will suspend an internal shuttling service, add more cleaning of contact surfaces and replace the plated cafeteria with packed lunches.
Volkswagen's assembly plant in Puebla, Mexico, remains halted for now, a spokesman said.