May 15, 2021
Masks No Longer Required for Vaccinated Dealership Employees
Great news: All vaccinated employees (both sales and service) at Virginia dealerships are no longer required to wear face masks in the workplace, both indoors and out.
Because of the confusion about mask wearing and the importance of this issue to our dealer members, VADA President and CEO Don Hall and Chief In-house Counsel Anne Gambardella spent much of Friday evening communicating directly with Governor Northam, along with his staff, to get direct guidance on rules surrounding whether employees must still wear masks in light of this week's CDC guidance.
We are pleased to report that, as of 9:20 p.m. Friday evening, the Governor’s office has offered this interpretation our dealers can rely upon to allow their vaccinated employees to end mask-wearing at work: “Our mask order is now aligned with CDC guidance. Fully vaccinated employees and patrons are not required to wear masks. Unvaccinated employees must, and unvaccinated patrons should, continue to wear masks in most settings per CDC guidance.”
We are pleased to see Virginia taking steps to return to normal in the workplace. Thank you for your patience with our communications over the last day as we worked through this issue.
- For questions on requiring employees to be vaccinated or having employees show proof of having done so, see questions 19 thru 23 on the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Final Standard for COVID-19 FAQs.