Ford reinstates mask mandate at facilities in ‘high’ COVID risk areas


DETROIT – Ford Motor Company employees and visitors will once again be required to wear face masks at facilities in areas identified as high risk for COVID, officials said Saturday.

A temporary face mask mandate takes effect at Ford facilities in the Detroit metro area as a number of southeastern Michigan counties have been labeled as experiencing “high” community transmission of COVID by the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC).

“The health and safety of our workforce is our top priority as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation,” said Kelli Felker, Ford spokesperson. “We are temporarily reinstating a face mask requirement at all Ford facilities located in areas that the CDC has classified as orange/high risk due to the increase in COVID-19 cases currently affecting Wayne, Washtenaw counties and Macomb.”

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Coronavirus cases have risen in Michigan in recent weeks after weeks of the virus’ spread declining. On Thursday, May 12, six Metro Detroit counties — Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne — were moved from a “medium” risk category to a high risk category by the CDC. The agency is urging residents of high-risk counties to wear face masks when indoors in public to help prevent transmission of COVID.

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

Officials did not say how long the temporary mask mandate would be in effect.

Ford, alongside General Motors and Stellantis, lifted its face mask mandate in March, making masks optional for staff and visitors. Officials then said they planned to monitor the CDC’s data and guidance and would make any necessary adjustments.

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Read more: CDC recommends masks in Detroit metro due to ‘high’ spread of COVID

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