February 16, 2022


Tyson Foods set to ease mask mandates at select meat plants



Tyson Foods is set to ease mask mandates for its workers in select meat processing plants as the number of COVID-19 cases in the US drops, The New York Times reported.

The company said fully vaccinated workers at some of its meat plants will be able to remove their masks at work but did not state workers from which facilities will be able to do. They join other major companies and states like New York that have moved to reduce pandemic-related restrictions.


A company spokesman said they have had discussions with union representatives about the policy change.

Tyson Foods employs 120,000 workers in more than 12 states. The company was criticised early in the COVID-19 pandemic for failing to protect its employees, as the pandemic killed more than 100 of its workers due to working in tight quarters.


Tyson Foods said it has spent more than US$810 million on COVID-19 related safety measures and new on-site medical services. The company conducted COVID-19 testing and hired its first chief medical officer.


The company said more than 96% of its workforce was vaccinated by November 2021, after it announced in August that same year that all workers in its packing houses and poultry plants must be vaccinated.


-      The New York Times

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