Toyota re-instates mask mandate; Chamber launches vaccine campaign

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Toyota is the latest major company to again require employees to wear masks in its facilities.

The new mandate applies to the company’s more than 8,000 employees at its Georgetown, Ky., operation.

With the health and safety of our employees as a top priority, following CDC guidelines, effective August 4, we are reinstating the use of masks/face shields as a requirement in our U.S. facilities. We will continue to monitor and adjust as circumstances require,” Toyota said in a statement.

The requirement came one day after the company recommended masks be worn.

The mandate also comes as the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce launched a campaign to recognize employers who are leading the fight against COVID-19 and playing a critical role in Kentucky’s vaccination efforts.

The newly-launched “” campaign recognizes employers who have achieved widespread vaccination among their staff members by designating their workplace as Bronze -70% vaccination rate, Silver -80% vaccination rate, Gold – 90% vaccination rate, or Platinum – 100% vaccination rate.

After applying to receive a “COVID Stops Here” designation, businesses that have joined the campaign will be displayed on the Kentucky Chamber “COVID Stops Here” page, and a media kit will be available for businesses to download and promote their achievement.

Businesses can learn more about the campaign and apply at .

As part of the campaign, the Kentucky Chamber is creating a “COVID Stops Here Sweepstakes,” which will allow employees of Gold and Platinum designated businesses, a chance to enter and win many special prizes such as tickets to sporting events, bottles of bourbon, experiences across the state, and more.

The sweepstakes will be live in the coming weeks.

“The Kentucky Chamber is proud to launch the ‘COVID Stops Here’ campaign in support of businesses and the critical role they are continuing to play during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts. “Employers across the Commonwealth are helping lead the way in vaccinations, keeping Kentuckians safe and our economy running. We applaud their efforts to keep Kentucky safe and are proud to recognize them.”

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