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Toyota to resume all North America production on May 4

Social distancing measures in factories expected to lower output initially

Toyota halted its production in North America in March due to the spread of the new coronavirus. 

NEW YORK -- Toyota Motor announced on Thursday it will resume automobile production at all of its 14 plants in North America from May 4 after a one-and-a-half month suspension due to the novel coronavirus.

Production will restart at all finished car and parts factories in the U.S, Canada and Mexico, which have been suspended from March 23, meaning about 32,000 employees are set to return to work. The suspension was extended three times on sluggish automobile sales due to the impact of the coronavirus. But the company has decided to restart production in consideration of the impact on dealers and parts manufacturers.

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