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The United Auto Workers has announced that starting Wednesday (Aug. 4), workers at Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will have to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Employees will need to wear masks at all plants, offices and warehouses.

“While we know that masks can be uncomfortable, the spread of the Delta variant and recent data outlining the alarmingly high rate of transmission among those unvaccinated is a serious health threat,” the UAW said in a statement.

In addition to the new mask guidelines, the UAW is “strongly encouraging” all members, coworkers and their families get vaccinated.

“The more our members, coworkers and their families are vaccinated, the quicker we can vanquish this deadly pandemic,” the UAW statement said.

The CDC is now recommending that counties with “high” or “substantial” COVID-19 transmission rates wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

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