Boeing plans two-week shutdown of factories in Seattle area because of coronavirus

Boeing on Monday said it is shutting down production at its factories in the Seattle area for two weeks as the manufacturer grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

The company’s move to suspend its production at its facilities in the Puget Sound area comes as Washington state, where most of Boeing’s production is centered, is in a state of emergency. Several Boeing employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

“These actions are being taken to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and the local community, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with the requirements of its customers,” Boeing said in a statement.