Last month, Ford Authority reported that despite new CDC guidance that suggested fully vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks in most indoor settings, Ford and the United Auto Worker’s Union (UAW) decided to continue to enforce a mask mandate for all workers. Now, the UAW and the Detroit Big Three automakers – Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis – have announced that the mask mandate will continue following a review from the UAW’s COVID-19 Joint Task Force.
The task force reviewed a number of reports from medical experts, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and CDC guidelines before making the decision, which it says comes out of an “abundance of caution.” In addition to wearing masks and safety glasses, employees will also continue to practice social distancing, proper handwashing, and workstation cleaning.
Some procedures will change, however. The task force noted that it will soon be phasing out temperature screenings at facility entrances, and other entry and exit procedures will change slightly. However, the UAW is continuing to encourage its employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine if they have not already done so.
Ford has been offering on-site vaccines for its employees at a number of its U.S. plants in recent weeks, 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 the Ford Chicago Stamping Plant.
On-site vaccinations will continue at Ford’s 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.