In the United States, Amazon is eliminating its mask requirement for fully vaccinated warehouse employees (via CNBC). Starting November 2nd, the business allegedly sent out a memo to operations staff indicating that vaccinated workers will no longer be needed to wear masks. However, if state or municipal regulations demand them, masks will be necessary.
“Vaccines are widely available throughout the United Said, and immunization rates continue to improve, allowing us to revert to our former mask policy,” the notification states (via CNBC). Amazon confirmed to The Verge that its mask restrictions for vaccinated staff will be lifted, and that the business will continue to examine its COVID-19 safety measures, changing its recommendations based on public health regulators’ and medical experts’ advise.
In August, in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Amazon reintroduced its mask mandate policy for both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees. This happened after Amazon stopped forcing vaccinated staff to wear face covers in May. As vaccinations become available to practically everyone, including children, it appears that Amazon is gradually loosening its worker safety requirements. Amazon stopped its COVID-19 testing on-site in July, and its employees will return to work in early 2022.