Foxconn had stopped almost all of its manufacturing and production in China last week due to the spread and risk of coronavirus. The initial closure was a temporary measure and plans were to resume production on February 10th. However, an internal memo urges its employees not to return to the Shenzhen factory.
Bloomberg issued a report after reading the memo sent to Foxconn employees. The initial call to action was to have workers cease production through the extended Lunar New Year break and return on February 10th. Unfortunately, the spread and worry of coronavirus are still very much alive, leaving the Shenzhen facility with very few options.
The memo from Foxconn states: “To safeguard everyone’s health and safety and comply with government virus prevention measures, we urge you not to return to Shenzhen.” It goes on to say: “We’ll update you on the situation in the city. The company will protect everyone’s work-related rights and interests in the duration. As for the happy reunion date in Shenzhen, please wait for further notice.”
According to Bloomberg, Foxconn’s Zhengzhou facility, which is its largest, had announced plans to quarantine the employees upon return to the facility on February 10th. Many of the Foxconn workers remain on-site during their scheduled workweeks.
When asked for a comment on whether the issued memo extended to Zhengzhou workers, Foxconn responded to Bloomberg by saying: “As a matter of policy and for reasons of commercial sensitivity, we do not comment on our specific production facilities.” The company continued to state: “We have been closely monitoring the current public health challenge linked to the coronavirus and we are applying all recommended health and hygiene practices to all aspects of our operations in the affected markets.”
Foxconn has been adamant to state that the coronavirus outbreak will not affect production. However, as increased measures are being put in place, a much larger disruption may be felt in production.
This came alongside news that Apple Stores in China may remain closed in the coming week.