Coronavirus: First Range Rovers roll off production line under strict social distancing measures

The new cars were manufactured after a stringent factory overhaul in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

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The first Range Rovers to be made under social distancing measures have been driven off the production line following the recent pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The company instituted a number of rigid hygiene and health-monitoring precautions following a review of all areas of the Solihull plant in the UK.

The measures include temperature checks with thermal cameras, a two-metre distance between people wherever possible (wearing personal protective equipment is mandatory where it isn't), and the introduction of one-way systems and enhanced cleaning regimes.

Jaguar Land Rover is providing every employee with reusable face visors made by the company themselves. Workers have also been asked to take additional actions, including completing an online clinical questionnaire, signing up to a health and well-being charter, and monitoring their temperature at home before each shift.

Production of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles has also resumed at Nitra in Slovakia and Graz in Austria. The company’s joint-venture plant in Changshu, China, has been operational since the middle of February as vehicle sales recover there and customers return to showrooms following the easing of the lockdown.

Opening of the brand’s remaining plants will be announced over the coming weeks.