Amazon lifts mask mandate for fully vaccinated U.S. warehouse workers- source

FILE PHOTO: Amazon's JFK8 distribution center in Staten Island, New York City
FILE PHOTO: The Amazon logo is seen outside its JFK8 distribution center in Staten Island, New York, U.S. November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

November 1, 2021

(Reuters) Inc will not require fully vaccinated U.S. warehouse employees to wear masks at work from Tuesday unless mandated by state or local law, a source familiar with the matter said.

The e-commerce giant had in August ordered all U.S. employees to wear a mask at work regardless of their vaccination status due to the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.

The variant had also prompted other major tech companies, including Facebook Inc, Google and Microsoft Corp, to tighten their defenses against COVID-19.

Amazon’s decision comes just before the crucial holiday season, for which it has been hiring thousands of hourly workers by offering them sign-up bonuses in a tight job market.

CNBC first reported the news.

(Reporting by Tiyashi Datta and Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)