The factories join several other manufacturers in gradually returning to full production over the next few weeks in factories that have been disinfected and reorganised to provide more space between workers who will wear masks.
It may take several weeks to wind back up to full production with some delays on new models and spare parts.
UPDATE: Piaggio which makes Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, will resume production on 4 May 2020 when the national lockdown decree expires.
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali says they have paid close attention to strict rules of compliance.
“It will be an extremely difficult year but starting up again is still a beginning,” he says.
“We have a lot of orders for the Streetfighter V4, for the Multistrada GT and for the Panigale V2.
“The motorbike is a perfect vehicle for ‘phase two’: no parking problems and distancing guaranteed; safety and fun at the same time.”
The gradual improvement in health conditions and a reduction of infections and deaths in Italy has allowed the government to ease restrictions on factories making goods for export.
Phase 2 will allow a gradual return to production.
In Ducati’s case it starts with workshop staff, followed by engine assembly workers and from tomorrow (28 April 2020), motorcycle assembly workers.
The production has been reorganised, going from an eight-hour shift to two seven-hour shifts to reduce the number of people in the plant at the same time.
Employees in the commercial, marketing, IT, personnel management, finance, purchasing and logistics areas will continue to work from home.