Amazon says vaccinated warehouse workers can now work unmasked

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Amazon warehouse workers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer have to wear face masks at work, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company is reversing a mask requirement that it last reinstated during the December ommicron wave. Last year, the mask requirement was lifted between May and August and again during much of November and December until the spread of the omicron variant brought about a change.

The company has also updated its paid time off rules. Warehouse workers who received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine on March 18 will be eligible for COVID-19-related paid time off if they contract the virus, while unvaccinated workers will lose their COVID-19-related paid time off. In January, Amazon shortened the required quarantine period for infected workers to five days from seven, in line with updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Amazon isn’t the only tech company to adjust and re-adjust its workplace rules during the pandemic. Meta said in January it would require the booster vaccine for employees when they return to the office on March 28. The policy updates the previous July guideline requiring Meta employees to be vaccinated.

Apple employees must prove that they have received the vaccine and booster (within four weeks of being eligible) before entering their workplace. Those unable to provide proof of vaccination must show a negative antigen test before entering the workplace. Google also requires anyone who wants to work in the office regularly to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and has asked employees to disclose their vaccination status and wear surgical masks inside.

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