Detroit Three automakers will continue to require facial coverings

FCA assembly workers arrive in Warren, Michigan, United States, on May 18, 2020 for an early morning shift that will reopen at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook / File Photo

Detroit’s Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union announced Wednesday that workers in workplaces will continue to wear masks.

In the joint statement of the UAW and General Motors Co (GM.N), Ford Motor Co (FN) and the Chrysler parent company Stellantis NV (STLA.MI) it is said that the requirements are being continued “out of caution”.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in May that fully vaccinated people, in most cases, do not need to wear masks, even at work. The UAW and automakers said the temperature test is expected to expire upon entering facilities.

The UAW and automakers continue to recommend auto workers get vaccinated.

Many US employers still require vaccinated workers to wear masks in the workplace.

The US unit of Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) said it “will no longer need masks for fully vaccinated employees after June 21 and will continue to follow CDC guidelines”.

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) is among the automakers who have discontinued temperature controls and entry questionnaires at U.S. plants but continue to require facial covers.

Honda Motor Co (7267.T) and Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) said they made no changes to their U.S. employees’ COVID-19 requirements.

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