Ferrari has shut its factories in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Italy particularly hard forcing the country into a period of lockdown.
Both its Maranello factory – which includes its Formula 1 operations – and its Modena factory have been closed with immediate effect and will remain closed until March 27 at the earliest.
It comes after the Italian government placed strict restrictions on the movement on people in order to try and stem the spread of Covid-19, which has so far resulted in more than 1,400 deaths with more than 20,000 infected.
Although some manufacturers and businesses have been granted exemption to continue operations, supply chain issues mean Ferrari is unable to continue operating as normal and has therefore taken the decision to close.
Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri said: “At a time like this my gratitude goes first and foremost to Ferrari’s women and men who, with their tremendous commitment over the past few days, have demonstrated the passion and dedication that defines our marque.
“Together with our suppliers, they have ensured the company’s production. And it is out of our respect for them, for their peace of mind and those of their families that we have decided on this course of action.
“Our clients and fans are also top of mind for us at this time, as we prepare for a strong restart.”
Ferrari staff who were present in Melbourne may be forced into a period of self-isolation on their return to the country.