The Detroit Three carmakers, General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler Group are reportedly planning on necessitating masks for employees in southeastern Michigan where there is a high density of COVID-19 infections.
Previously in March, when the U.S. health officials cited it to be necessary and safe, the automaker giants had lifted the mask mandates at workplaces in the US.
They had adopted revised guidelines from the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) which allowed workers not to wear masks if they were not in high-risk areas. The CDC issued the directive after reviewing the situation in several counties.
The order released in February shifted from focusing on the transmission rate of COVID-19 to monitoring other factors like hospital capacity, and local admissions among others.
At present, the CDC has claimed that six southeastern Michigan counties, including Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb, have high levels of COVID-19 transmissions, which is why the agency has recommended wearing masks indoors in a public setting in those areas.
In response to the new regulation, Ford said that it would obligate its workers to wear masks in all its facilities in high-risk areas.
Even Stellantis asserted that it would make it a compulsion for its employees and contractors in all six Michigan counties to wear masks which will likely be in place within the next couple of weeks.
General Motors responded saying that it would implement COVID-19 protection measures at all its facilities in the counties of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb after noting the high-risk areas reported by the CDC.
The United Auto Workers (UAW), a labor union that represents the workers in the automobile sector, said that facilities located in high-risk counties would be required to implement physical distancing and masking measures.
It is worth noting that the headquarters of both Ford and General Motors is in Wayne County, while Stellantis has its head office in Oakland County.
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