Automotive, construction and mining industries prepare to resume their operations.

Monday, May 25, 2020

While the federal government announced the restart of the automotive, construction, and mining industries, beginning on June 1st; some companies have already started preparations.

On May 13th, the Official Gazette of the Federation published that these sectors are considered essential new activities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that from May 18th to 31st, these industries will adopt sanitary security measures in the facilities, which will be coordinated by the Secretaries of Economy and Labor, and the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS).

Among guidelines, there are those applied at the facilities, plus changes in schedules, and the employees’ process of adaptation, to guarantee a healthy distance and avoid crowds.

The announcement caused confusion, since initially it was ensured that industries would resume activities on May 18th; however, that changed when the Subsecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, indicated that they would begin to operate at full capacity after June 1st. Also, he clarified that the period from May 18th to 31st will be to adapt the guidelines indicated by the authorities.

After the confusion, some companies will start on May 18th. Nevertheless, companies such as Daimler Trucks Mexico, manufacturer of heavy vehicles, announced that May 18th is a date for them to start the implementation of new protocols and security measures for the reactivation of the plant in Saltillo, Coahuila, and in Santiago, State of Mexico.

Specialists pointed out that the delay in reopening these industries would slow down the entire sector in the United States, since Mexico is one of its main suppliers.

Source: Milenio, Expansión, Forbes y El Financiero.