Amazon warehouse workers who’ve been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 not must put on face masks at work, The Wall Road Journal reported. The corporate is rolling again a masks requirement it final put again into impact throughout the omicron surge in December. Final yr, the masks requirement was lifted between Might and August and once more throughout a lot of November and December till the unfold of the omicron variant spurred a change.
The corporate additionally up to date its guidelines for paid break day. Warehouse workers who’ve obtained each doses of the coronavirus vaccine by March 18th are eligible for COVID-19 associated paid go away in the event that they contract the virus, whereas unvaccinated workers will lose their COVID-19 associated paid go away. In January, Amazon shortened the required quarantine interval for contaminated staff to 5 days as a substitute of seven, consistent with up to date suggestions from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC).
Amazon isn’t the one tech firm to regulate and readjust its office guidelines throughout the pandemic. Meta stated in January that it might require the booster vaccine for workers once they return to the workplace on March twenty eighth. The coverage updates the earlier guideline from July requiring Meta workers to be vaccinated.
Apple workers are required to indicate proof that they’ve obtained the vaccine and a booster (inside 4 weeks of eligibility) earlier than coming into their office. Those that can’t current proof of vaccination have to indicate a destructive antigen check earlier than coming into the office. Google additionally requires anybody desirous to work in-office repeatedly to get weekly COVID-19 exams and has requested workers to reveal their vaccination standing and put on surgical-grade masks inside.