Vaccinated workers at Belvidere assembly plant can do without masks once plant reopens
BELVIDERE (WREX) – Employees at the Belvidere assembly plant will not need to wear a mask once the plant reopens if they have been vaccinated.
At a meeting on Monday, June 28, representatives from UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, which owns the Belvidere plant, agreed to remove the mask mandate for fully vaccinated workers in the states. United from July 12.
Representatives reviewed reports from medical experts, the CDC and OSHA before making the decision.
For people who are fully vaccinated, wearing a mask will be voluntary. Those who have not been vaccinated will continue to be required to wear a face mask.
Officials say they will continue to carefully monitor the data and make any necessary adjustments to protect the health and safety of employees.
The Belvidere assembly plant is currently temporarily closed again due to the global shortage of microchips. The reopening of the plant is currently scheduled for July 12.
The plant reopened on Tuesday, June 1 after being closed since March 29 due to the shortage. The factory was originally scheduled to reopen in mid-April, but this was then pushed back to the end of April. The end of April then became the last part of May, which eventually led to the date of June 1.
The plant has already gone from three shifts to two, a move that could result in the loss of 1,641 employees in July.
The global shortage of microchips caused the plant’s first temporary shutdown in February.
In January, CNN reported that automakers around the world were facing a shortage of semiconductors, which are being used in a growing number of applications, including driver assistance systems and navigation control. The average car has between 50 and 150 tokens.
In early March, the plant announced that 150 employees were being made redundant to “realign production to meet global demand for Jeep Cherokee.”