Amazon lifts mask mandates for vaccinated warehouse employees

Amazon is lifting its mask mandate for fully vaccinated warehouse workers in the U.S. (via CNBC). The company reportedly sent a notice to operations employees, stating that vaccinated workers are no longer required to wear masks as of November 2. However, masks will still be required if state or local laws require them.

“Vaccines are universally available in the US, and vaccination rates continue to rise, allowing the ability to revert to our previous mask policy,” says the advisory (via CNBC). An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to The edge that the company will lift its mask mandates for vaccinated employees and emphasized that Amazon will continue to evaluate its COVID-19 security measures, adjusting its guidelines with advice from public health officials and medical experts.

In August, Amazon reinstated its mask mandate policy for vaccinated and unvaccinated employees in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases. This came shortly after Amazon stopped requiring face coverings for vaccinated workers In May. It appears that Amazon is slowly relaxing its safety guidelines for workers as vaccines become available to almost everyone, including children. Amazon suspended its COVID-19 testing on the site in July and its corporate workers will return to the office in early 2022.

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