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Toyota shutting down production until April 6

Originally, the automaker was only going to shutdown for two days next week
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Toyota plant in Cambridge. Mark Pare/KitchenerToday

Toyota will shutdown its plants in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico until early April.

Their manufacturing facilities will be closed from March 23 through April 3, resuming production on April 6. 

But their service parts depots and vehicle logistics centres will continue to operate.

In addition to this regional production suspension, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada will be suspending its operations starting Thursday afternoon, and will remain suspended Friday, and through to April 6.

"This action is being taken to protect the health and safety of our employees, key stakeholders and communities, as well as a result of the significant market decline due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic." said Toyota spokesperson Michael Bouliane, in an emailed statement to 570 NEWS.

The automaker was informed on Wednesday, that a worker at the Cambridge plant, who's from the Hamilton area, had tested positive for COVID-19.

That employee has not worked at the plant since Thursday, March 12.

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