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Seattle, Washington - Boeing plans to resume its wide-body jet production in the Everett factory from April 20 after almost a one-month shutdown.

The American aircraft manufacturer will also bring back its employees to the Renton factory to make arrangements to restart the 737 MAX production. Boeing initially halted the production for 14 days from March 25 but was forced to keep the closure due to the fast spread of the coronavirus in Washington State.

During the shutdown, Boeing conducted deep cleaning at its facilities and the company is now gearing up to return to production with a phased approach on April 20.

Around 27,000 workers in Everett will get to work to resume the wide-body aircraft production, including Boeing 777, 787 and 747. The Boeing 787 assembly line in South Carolina will remain closed at this time.

The planemaker says precautions to maintain the health and physical distancing of the employees will be taken in accordance with federal and state guidelines. Measures will include the use of staggered shift start times to reduce the concentration of staff arriving and leaving from work.

There will be more visual signs and marking to help maintain social distancing. Face coverings and other personal protective equipment will also be required for employees working in the areas of close contact with others. Employee wellness checks will be implemented at the start of every shift.

From the beginning of the year, Boeing has delivered only 50 aircraft. It is the lowest quarterly deliveries since the 2008 crisis. The manufacturer delivered 149 aircraft over the same period in 2019.
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