Puebla Not Ready to Reopen, Says State’s Governor

The Mexican state of Puebla, where both Volkswagen and Audi have factories, has decreed that conditions “do not exist” to restart automotive manufacturing. The decision impacts Volkswagen’s ability to restart production at the plant that produces the Jetta, the Mk7 Golf, the Tiguan, and until recently the Beetle.

“The worst is still to come, the wave of infections and the health risk is everywhere,” said Puebla governor Miguel Barbosa. The decision follows a week in which new COVID-19 infections and death counts hit record daily totals in the country, according to Automotive News.

Barbosa is an ally of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has stated that he wants to reopen the economy. The governor, though, said that who would not reopen business “at the cost of the lives of the people of Puebla.”

The decree also affects construction workers.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen reopened its Chattanooga plant last week along with most other US manufacturers.