High-COVID Michigan Counties in Automakers Order Mask Wear

Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Jeep maker Stellantis NV are reimplementing a mask mandate starting Monday at their facilities in Michigan counties that have Disease Control and Prevention for “high” risk of COVID-19 infection.

Ford’s statement did not specify how long the mandate will last. Stellantis says it expects the company-issued masks will be in place for two weeks. It affects employees, contractors and counties at all facilities where the CDC is now recommending masks indoors. There are 16 counties in Michigan, including Macomb, Oakland and Wayne.

“The health and safety of our workforce is our top priority as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in a statement. “We are temporarily reinstating a face mask requirement at all Ford facilities located areas that the CDC has classified as orange / high-risk due to increased COVID-19 cases.

GM spokesman David Barnas said the automaker will be in charge of the COVID protection measures at its facilities in Oakland, Wayne, Livingston and Macomb counties and in the process of communicating that to employees.

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