This story was updated at 4:50 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, with more information.
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Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant is closing Monday, for one day, to support employees as they plan in the wake of school closings, and the factory will undertake preventative action to sanitize and deep clean the facility.
Plant CEO Tom du Plessis said in a note to employees that as the COVID-19 outbreak changes so quickly, VW is constantly evaluating its path forward for employees, the community and the business.
"This is uncharted territory and we appreciate your patience as we navigate this together," he said. "We understand the impact of the decision yesterday to close schools: our families need time to make arrangements for child care during the two-week closure."
The VW Chattanooga CEO said to enable employees to plan, the factory will close Monday and provide paid time off so workers can assess child care needs and make arrangements.
"We will also use Monday to take more preventative actions to sanitize and deep clean our facility," du Plessis said. "Our office areas will continue normal operations so that we may assess our production plans and developments.
The plant plans to reopen on Tuesday.