Face masks are now optional at Ford, General Motors and Stellantis facilities


DETROIT – Face masks are now optional for employees of Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, officials announced Tuesday morning.

Auto workers are no longer required to wear face masks if their facility is in an area identified as having a high risk of COVID-19, according to a statement from the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. In March, companies reinstated a temporary mask mandate only for those in regions at high risk of infection.

Now workers at Ford, GM and Stellantis will be strongly urged to wear a mask if their facility is in a high-risk county, but staff will not be required to wear one. Face masks will still be available for staff members who choose to wear one, officials said.

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Executives would continue to “carefully monitor the data and make necessary adjustments to protect the health and safety of employees,” a press release said Tuesday. If a region becomes labeled as “high risk” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaders will communicate this to their employees, officials said.

See here: Interactive map: COVID community levels and case rates by Michigan county

New daily COVID-19 cases in Michigan have been slowing since mid-May, although infection rates are still somewhat elevated.

On Wednesday, June 15, the State of Michigan reported an average of 2,225 new virus cases per day over a 7-day period. This average was around 2,636 new daily cases the previous week and 2,791 cases the previous week.

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As of June 15, the state’s positive COVID test rate was 11.9%, down from 16.2% the previous week. Michigan doesn’t report new COVID-19 data until Wednesday.

Click here to see more COVID data from Michigan.

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