Aug 6 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has ordered all U.S. workers to put on a masks at work no matter their vaccination standing, because the extremely infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 sweeps the nation.
Corporations throughout the USA have tightened their defenses in opposition to the virus, after the Delta variant compelled the U.S. public well being company to reverse course and demand on even totally vaccinated people sporting masks.
“We’re monitoring the scenario carefully and can proceed to comply with native authorities steerage and work carefully with main medical healthcare professionals, gathering their recommendation and suggestions as we go ahead to make sure our buildings are optimized for the protection of our groups,” an Amazon spokesperson mentioned in a press release on Friday.
Final month, massive techs together with Alphabet Inc’s Google and Fb Inc requested U.S. workers to get vaccinated to step into workplaces, whereas Twitter Inc mentioned it was shutting its reopened workplaces within the nation.
Amazon additionally prolonged its work-from-home dates for U.S. workers until Jan. 3.
Earlier this week, coronavirus instances worldwide surpassed 200 million whereas U.S. instances stood at 35.62 million on Thursday, in accordance with a Reuters tally.
Bloomberg Information first reported Amazon’s change in masking coverage on Friday.
Reporting by Tiyashi Datta and Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Devika Syamnath