Last week, new CDC guidance was issued regarding face masks, suggesting that those that have been vaccinated no longer need to wear masks indoors in most settings. However, it appears that Ford workers will continue to wear masks on the job for the time being, as the UAW’s COVID-19 task force awaits revised guidelines from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), according to a report from Automotive News.
“We know that masks can be uncomfortable, but we ask that everyone comply,” the task force said in a statement. “While we continue following the protocols that have kept our workplaces safe, we know that one of the best ways to fight this virus is by getting vaccinated. We encourage everyone to roll up their sleeve so we can move more quickly toward continuing to relax our protocols.”
In recent weeks, Ford has offered on-site vaccines for its employees at a number of the automaker’s U.S. plants, including the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Ford Van Dyke Transmission Plant, Ford Rawsonville Components Plant, Ford Lima Engine Plant, Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, and Ford Chicago Stamping Plant.
The automaker recently said that on-site vaccinations will continue at its plants in Ohio, Michigan, and Missouri through June, and Ford and the UAW are planning to add more COVID-19 vaccine sites at other facilities across the country soon.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic settled in last year, Ford has been at the forefront producing and distributing PPE, including, most recently, over a hundred million face masks to at-risk communities. Its efforts were also detailed in a recent documentary covering the automaker’s Project Apollo mission.