Amazon resumes mask mandate in warehouses amid rising Covid cases
Amazon Fulfillment Center warehouse.
Amazon is bringing back its mask mandate for warehouse workers amid an increase in Covid-19 cases due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
As of Monday, employees at Amazon’s facilities will be required to wear face covers – even if they are vaccinated – according to a notice sent to employees on Friday and viewed by CNBC.
“We hope that this will only be necessary for a few weeks,” said the statement previously reported by Bloomberg. The new mask mandate applies to all US Amazon sites, including where state and local guidelines do not require face masks.
Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel confirmed that the company is changing its mask policy in warehouses.
“In response to the worrying spread of new Covid-19 variants in the US and to guidance from health authorities and our own medical experts, we are calling for face coverings indoors regardless of vaccination status,” Nantel said in a statement, adding that the company continues closely monitor the situation to ensure that its buildings are “optimized for the safety of our teams”.
Previously, Amazon had relaxed some of its coronavirus security measures. In May, the company informed warehouse workers that they would no longer need to wear a mask indoors if they were fully vaccinated. Last month, covid testing began to be discontinued in US camps, The Information reported.
Amazon hasn’t mandated vaccination for its employees, but it did get employees to get coronavirus vaccination by offering them a bonus of up to $ 80. In addition, new employees were told they would receive $ 100 for proof of vaccination.
The company has also rolled back its return to work guidelines for corporate employees. Amazon announced Thursday that it is postponing the return of its employees to the office until January 2022, following in the footsteps of other tech companies who have adjusted their forecasts as the Delta variant quickly spreads around the world.