Boeing has extended the closure of its factories in the Seattle area, where the bulk of its commercial aircraft production takes place, for an unspecified duration.
Boeing’s sites in Puget Sound were due to reopen on Wednesday after a two-week suspension brought on by Covid-19 concerns.
In a statement, Boeing said the extension was made in part due to the current spread of Covid-19 in Washington state.
According to media reports, 135 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed across Boeing with about 100 of those in the Puget Sound area.
While its plants are closed, Boeing will introduce new measures to ensure better health and safety in the workplace.
“The health and safety of our employees, their families and our communities is our shared priority,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal.
“We will take this time to continue to listen to our incredible team and assess applicable government direction, the spread of the coronavirus in the community and the reliability of our suppliers to ensure we are ready for a safe and orderly return to operations.”