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Toyota plant in San Antonio extends temporary shutdown until April 20

Employees will be paid for three weeks during company shutdown

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SAN ANTONIO – Toyota announced Thursday it is extending its suspension of production at all auto and components plants in North America, including the one in San Antonio, the company said in a statement.

The company said the manufacturing facilities will be closed through April 17, with production resuming on April 20.

Toyota said it will pay its employees for three weeks and are asking workers to take one week of personal time during the shutdown.

“Our service parts depots and vehicle logistics centers will continue to operate,” Toyota said in its statement.

The auto company said its closing down the facilities due to an anticipated decline in market demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.

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