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General Motors, Ford ask some employees to work remotely amid coronavirus outbreak

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 15:41:17-04

(WXYZ) — General Motors and Ford are asking most employees to work remotely beginning Monday amid the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan.

According to a letter from CEO Mary Barra to employees, they are asking any employee or contract worker to work remotely if the nature of the work allows it. This goes for all employees across the globe, apart from China, which already has protocols in place.

"These are important steps to lower the probability of spreading the coronavirus to coworkers, families and communities and to relieve the burden on public resources. It also helps conserve critical resources like cleaning crews, medical staff, and supplies so they can be deployed where they are most needed," Barra wrote.

Ford also announced Friday that starting Monday, much of the Ford workforce across the globe is being asked to work remotely until further notice. This goes for all employees with the exception of those whose jobs are business-critical and can't be done outside of a Ford location.

That includes people who work in manufacturing facilities, parts distribution centers and sales positions.

Ford did say that since the coronavirus is diminishing in Cina, employees there have already started to return to work.