(Reuters) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon has ordered non-essential government offices and businesses to shut down for five days from Friday to stem the spread of a deadly swine flu virus that has killed up to 176 people in Mexico.
Here are some key facts about the shutdown and the plans of some major companies:
* The Mexican unit of Ford Motor Co will shut down its operations from May 1-5. The stoppage primarily affects the company’s Hermosillo plant, which produces midsized sedans.
* Glass manufacturer Vitro will shut down most of its operations during the five-day period, a spokesman said.
* The police and the army will continue on duty and the government has asked essential services in the private sector to continue to work, including grocers, markets, transport, health services, pharmacies, telecommunications and media.
* It was unclear how many big companies would follow the government recommendation to close.
* The government has yet to specify what parts of major oil exporter Pemex will close. Some operations at the state-run company, such as gas stations, will continue as usual.
* Small businesses in Mexico City like newspaper stands and tailors are planning to close. The local government already ordered some 35,000 restaurants in the capital closed earlier in the week.
* Volkswagen’s Mexican plant will close its doors for the five-day period. A spokesman said VW had already planned the shutdown that coincides with the Cinco de Mayo holiday, which is especially celebrated in Mexico’s Puebla state where VW’s factory is located.
* Walmart’s Mexican subsidiary Wal-Mart de Mexico, one of the nation’s largest employers and its top retailer, will not close its stores and will operate normally, a spokesman said.
* Miner Penoles, which controls Mexico’s largest silver producer Fresnillo and copper giant Grupo Mexico said production has continued normally but the companies were examining the government shutdown order, since it takes time to stop big mining operations.
* Other services that will stay open are hotels and some restaurants as long as they are not too crowded. Ports, airports and roads will not be closed.
Sources: Health Ministry, Finance Ministry, Reuters reporters in Mexico
Compiled by Jason Lange in Mexico City; Editing by Eric Walsh