Amazon to demand masks for warehouse workers as Delta variants increase
Amazon.com Inc. has said that all workers in its hundreds of U.S. warehouses will be required to wear masks starting Monday, expanding a more limited requirement in response to the resurgent threat of Covid-19 posed by the Delta variant.
Amazon, which employs around one million people in the United States, currently requires only warehouse workers not vaccinated against the coronavirus to wear masks, allowing staff who present proof of vaccination to avoid the requirement, unless otherwise specified. contrary to local guidelines.
In a note to employees on Friday, the company said the updated policy would apply to all U.S. warehouses, including places where local law does not require a face covering. Amazon told staff it hopes the requirement will only last “a few weeks.”
“We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to follow local government guidance and work closely with key healthcare professionals, collecting their advice and recommendations as we move forward to ensure our buildings are optimized for the safety of our teams, ”an Amazon said. spokesperson.
U.S. businesses have struggled to adjust worker policies in response to renewed growth in Delta variant Covid-19 infections, trying to balance concerns for employee health and stability of operations against aversion of certain workers for the mandates. Business leaders have tried various tools to get their employees vaccinated, including bonuses or other incentives. More than a third of American adults have not been vaccinated, according to US data.