U.S. automakers reinstate face mask requirement for U.L. plants

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U.S. automakers reinstate face mask requirement for U.L. plants

U.S. automakers reinstate mask mandates at all plants effective Wednesday Logo of General Motors atop the U.S. automotive headquarters atop the company headquarters is effective with full effect on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON - Detroit's Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers Union said on Tuesday that they would reinstate the wearing of masks at all U.S. plants, offices and warehouses, regardless of vaccine status, starting on Wednesday.

General Motors Co, Ford Motor Company and Stellantis NV said in a joint statement with the union that the move is in response to the COVID - 19 Guidance for Masks for fully vaccinated people connected with the Delta variant.

The CDC said last week that fully vaccinated people must wear masks indoors in public spaces in places with substantial or high COVID - 19 community transmission rates. The CDC said on Monday that almost 80% of U.S. counties are at those levels now.

At least one major international automaker also plans to reinstate the face mask requirements later this week, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters.

In June, the U.S. Automakers and UAW announced that fully vaccinated workers at their U.S. factories would not have to wear masks when they got started on July 12. Numerous automakers operating in the United States had already begun to reduce pandemic mask mandates as cases declined.