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As the coronavirus continues to disrupt automotive production, workers have completed their first Range Rover under new social distancing measures.

The first model drove off the production line at Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing plant in Solihull, England and was made after a review of a variety of hygiene and health monitoring measures.

Measures included temperature checks with thermal cameras, a two-metre distance between people wherever possible, the introduction of one-way systems, enhanced cleaning at the plants and Personal Protective Equipment where social distancing is not possible.

“Seeing the first Range Rover come off our line today is a defining moment for Jaguar Land Rover, for all of us who work for the company and the many businesses in our supply chain,” said Jaguar Land Rover Executive Director, Grant McPherson.

“It marks the end of our temporary shutdown and signals the beginning of a return to normality – but, of course, this is a new normal.” 

In addition to new measures onsite, colleagues will be asked to take additional actions before returning to work. These include completing an online clinical questionnaire, signing up to a health and wellbeing charter, and monitoring their temperature at home before each shift.  

“We have been going through unprecedented times and my thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19, as well as with the healthcare professionals, whose role fighting coronavirus is appreciated around the world,” said Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Steve Iley. 

“We have developed the most effective protocol and guidelines so that our people feel reassured about coming back to the workplace.”