Workers at large Amazon warehouse operations will be required to wear masks again. This shift comes as US cases are up again due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, and will apply to all “operations facilities, FCs” [fulfillment centers]and sorting centers and delivery stations” are in effect today, according to an email shared with Engadget.
Amazon did temperature checks and mask a requirement in April of last year. Individuals 14 days or more past their final dose of the vaccine were allowed to reveal the mask in May. Some workers considered this decision premature.
“You may choose to wear a two-layer, reusable and/or disposable coverlet, as long as it complies with site safety requirements (for example, no long scarves, bandanas, or gaiters),” the email reads, “if If you don’t have one, face coverings will be available for you to wear when entering the building.” The company wrote that it hopes this requirement will only continue into the winter season.
While it’s commendable that the company is trying to limit virus transmission during its busiest season, Amazon doesn’t have a track record of COVID precautions. Workers at several sites raised concerns about not being informed when a positive case was detected at their facilities. In California, the company was fined $500,000 for “hiding” cases from workers.
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