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Boeing extends facilities shutdown in Seattle due to COVID-19 fear

Author : Saipriya Iyer | Published Date : 2020-04-06 

The Boeing Company has recently announced the continuation of the production facilities shutdown in Seattle due to the rising fear of coronavirus outbreak. The company has reportedly informed the employees in Washington about the extension of the 2-week shutdown at the Seattle facility, which was previously planned to reopen on Wednesday. This suspension of the production operations will significantly impact around 30,000 workers out of the 70,000-employee base in Washington.

The company has reportedly stated that this action has been taken in light of its continuing focus to ensure the health and safety of the employees, current assessment of COVID-19 spread in Washington, concerns of the supply chain as well as further recommendations from the government health authorities.

Over 133 positive cases among its employees globally were recorded on Friday, up from 118 cases a day earlier. 95 infected employees out of the total 133 cases are based in Washington. Additionally, according to John Hopkins University tally, there were 7,666 positive cases of coronavirus in Washington, with the virus claiming the life of 322 patients.

According to Stan Deal, chief executive officer at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the main shared priority of the company is to improve the health and safety of the communities, employees and their families amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. For the company to enable an orderly and safe return to normal business operations, it will continuously listen to the incredible teams as well as gauge the applicable government direction, the spread of the deadly virus in the community, and the reliability of suppliers.

People with knowledge of the matter reportedly stated that the workers received regular salaries for the entire 2-week period during the facilities shutdown. However, post this period, its employees will likely have to shift to vacation or sick leave during the extended lockdown.

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