Detroit automakers lift mask warrants for fully vaccinated workers – .

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Detroit automakers lift mask warrants for fully vaccinated workers – .


Ford began to resume vehicle production in the United States on May 18, 2020 with new coronavirus safety protocols such as health assessments, personal protective equipment, and facility modifications to increase social distancing.
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DETROIT – Detroit automaker executives and the United Auto Workers union have agreed to make face masks optional for employees fully vaccinated against Covid -19.
Workers at companies, including self-employed workers, will not have to show proof of vaccination, according to officials from the UAW and General Motors, Ford Motor and Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler).

Tuesday’s announcement comes after a business-union task force reviewed medical expert reports, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards on way to work safely during the pandemic.

The UAW and automakers last month lifted some Covid-19 protocols but not masks, which have been a major complaint from factory workers, many of whom do physical labor in hot environments.
“As the UAW and businesses continue to follow the protocols that have kept our workplaces safe, we know that one of the best ways to fight this virus is to get vaccinated,” said the UAW in a statement. “The task force continues to encourage everyone to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated against COVID-19 so that we can protect our sisters and brothers and their families. “

The UAW has declined to release an estimate of how many of its approximately 153,000 Detroit automaker members have been vaccinated.

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