will require warehouse and logistics workers to mask up again beginning on Monday, regardless of vaccination status. The company called the move a response to “the concerning spread of new COVID-19 variants in the U.S.” plus guidance from public-health and its own medical experts. The company on Thursday pushed back the date its office workers will have to return to offices until early January, four months later than it planned. Amazon has not yet required employees to be vaccinated, unlike other tech giants such as Google parent Alphabet Inc.
and Facebook Inc.
An Amazon.com spokesperson said the online retailer is “monitoring the situation closely and will continue to follow local government guidance and work closely with leading medical healthcare professionals, gathering their advice and recommendations as we go forward to ensure our buildings are optimized for the safety of our teams.” Amazon.com shares were flat in the extended session Friday after ending the regular trading day down 0.9%.