The Detroit automakers and UAW have agreed that fully Covid-vaccinated workers at their US factories will not be mandated to wear face coverings from July 12. For those fully vaccinated, the wearing of masks will be voluntary from that date on.
In a statement, they said that after reviewing new data from health and medical experts as well as changes to state policies, the Covid-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has decided to remove the mask mandate. The UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will also continue to comply with all state, county, and city regulations where they operate facilities.
The COVID-19 Task Force met Monday, June 28 and reviewed the reports of medical experts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to maintain safety as the companies continue to work through the pandemic.
For those fully vaccinated, the wearing of masks will be voluntary. Those who have not been vaccinated will continue to be required to wear a face mask. The Task Force will continue to monitor data carefully and make any adjustments necessary to protect the health and safety of employees.
The Task Force said it continues to encourage everyone get vaccinated against Covid-19.