And this time, the Italian carmaker is serious.
Ferrari shut down its factories in Maranello and Modena, Italy in mid-March with initial plans to resume on March 27. These plans were then pushed back until April 14 before being pushed back yet again. Now, the Italian automaker says it has begun its "Installation Lap" phase, which involves training employees for the resumption of production on May 4. This is the latest in Ferrari's "Back on Track" program to eliminate any health risks associated with reopening the factory.
In order to reopen safely, Ferrari will implement checks at workplace entrances, provide PPE to employees, and introduce new rules for sharing common areas. All employees will even be offered voluntary serological tests, which detect the presence of antibodies, before going back to work.
In line with the Italian government's guidelines, Ferrari will gradually resume operations in Maranello and Modena on May 4, likely operating fewer shifts, before scaling back to full operation on May 8. This seems like a quicker, less gradual restart than many American factories have planned but keep in mind that Ferrari is a smaller operation with fewer employees.
Over the next several weeks, Ferrari says all employees who can work from home will continue to do so. There is still a high demand for recently-revealed models like the Ferrari Roma but it will be interesting to see if Covid-related supply chain issues delay deliveries.
During its closure, Ferrari has helped battle the coronavirus in its community. The Italian automaker began by donating millions of euros and ventilators to the local governments then pivoting to produce valves that could be used in respirators. According to recent rumors, Ferrari was planning to release two new mystery models later in 2020 and now that the company is going to resume production, it will be interesting to see if these cars will still be revealed or pushed back until 2021.