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Fiat Chrysler dealers, mechanical workshops Monday to reopen

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Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI) said on Thursday that it would reopen its Italian network of approved dealers and mechanical workshops on May 4, when the country is set to begin lifting a national lockdown set up to limit the spread of coronavirus.

After weeks of national lockdown triggered by the virus outbreak, a package of health and safety measures will be put in place for workers and clients across the entire network to comply with the rules set by Rome to prepare for a staged restart of economic activities.

A vast majority of Italy's FCA dealers and workshops are run by private operators, while the automaker operates some large ones directly in big cities.

This week, FCA resumed van production at its Atessa plant in central Italy and some operations at other Italian plants, including preparatory work for the final development of Jeep's new hybrid cars at its Melfi facility, and at Turin's Mirafiori plant for its new 500 small electric car.