Mask Mandate Resumes at St. Louis GM Plant
July 23, 2021—General Motor's assembly plant near St. Louis, Mo., is once again requiring its almost 4,000 workers to wear face masks and to social distance due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Workers at the Wentzville Assembly Plant were informed Monday, July 19, of the new mandate, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, though temperature screenings at the entrances would remain suspended.
The Wentzville plant builds the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups, as well as full-size vans. A GM spokesman confirmed the reinstatement of the mask mandate to the Post-Dispatch.
“After reviewing the COVID-19 case rates surrounding our Wentzville Assembly Plant, General Motors will reinstate the 100% mask requirement at this plant to provide an added layer of protection for employees,” GM spokesman David Barnas said in a statement. “The health and safety of our team members will continue to dictate our COVID-19 protocols.”
Missouri has been the site of the nation's most recent COVID outbreak, primarily driven by the delta variant. Barnas said the GM medical team will continue to monitor plant COVID-19 cases.