STATEMENT OF THE COVID-19 JOINT TASK FORCE REGARDING REINSTATING MASK MANDATE
Detroit - The COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has determined that personnel will be required to wear masks at all plants, offices and warehouses, regardless of vaccination status, beginning Aug. 4. This is in response to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent change in COVID-19 workplace standards related to the Delta variant.
The Task Force met and, after reviewing the recently changed CDC guidelines and community COVID-19 trends, decided it is best for worker safety to resume wearing masks in all worksites.
While we know that masks can be uncomfortable, the spread of the Delta variant and recent data outlining the alarmingly high rate of transmission among those unvaccinated is a serious health threat.
We know that the best way to fight this virus is by getting vaccinated. The Task Force is strongly encouraging all members, coworkers and their families to roll up their sleeves so we can move more quickly on once again relaxing mask protocols. The more our members, coworkers and their families are vaccinated, the quicker we can vanquish this deadly pandemic.
We will continue to closely monitor this situation to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep our families, members and employees safe.