YPSILANTI, Mich. – President Donald Trump is set to visit a Ford plant in Metro Detroit later this week, but with the area still shut down due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), will the president have to wear a mask? And is it against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders for him to visit?
Trump is scheduled to visit Ford’s Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti on Thursday. White House officials said the visit is to thank businesses producing PPE and medical equipment.
Trump is expected to speak at the facility, which had been converted to produce ventilators to help fight against coronavirus.
Local 4 asked Ford if Trump will be required to wear a mask inside the plant.
“Our policy is that everyone wears PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19," a company spokesperson said. "We shared all of Ford’s safety protocols, including our manufacturing playbook, employee pamphlet and self-assessment survey with the White House ahead of time and in preparation for this trip.”
What would happen if the president doesn’t wear a mask?
“We have shared our policies and recommendations," the Ford spokesperson said. "The White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination”
Whitmer’s office was also asked about Trump’s visit.
“Ford and the UAW are doing incredible work for the country, and their ingenuity will save lives," Communications Director Zack Pohl said. "While the president’s visit is contrary to the governor’s order, this is an opportunity to showcase how important Michigan is to the response to COVID-19 and rebuilding our nation’s economy.”
The Big Three automakers opened Monday in Metro Detroit for the first time in nearly two months.