Statement on Changes to COVID-19 Protocols after Meeting of the COVID-19 Joint Task Force
Detroit – Following a meeting today of the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, the Task Force has decided to adopt the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and move to a masks optional policy for employees at U.S. facilities regardless of vaccination status, if those facilities are not in high- risk counties as identified by the CDC. Each company will communicate when these changes will go into effect at their locations.
Facilities located in high-risk counties as identified by the CDC must continue to require masking and physical distancing. A site’s COVID-19 county risk level can be checked through the online CDC tracking tool.
In making this decision, the Task Force reviewed reports of medical experts and CDC guidelines. The companies will continue to adhere to state and local masking requirements where applicable.
While masks are now optional at sites not in high-risk counties, they will still be available for those who choose to wear one based on personal preference. In addition, the CDC recommends that those who are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease wear a mask or respirator that provides greater protection. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 also should wear a mask and not report to work.
The Task Force will continue to monitor data carefully and make any adjustments necessary to protect the health and safety of employees.
While the UAW and the companies will continue following other protocols that have kept workplaces safe, one of the best ways to fight this virus is by getting vaccinated. The Task Force continues to encourage everyone to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated against COVID-19, or boosted when eligible, to protect family, friends and communities.