The previous plan provided for workers to come back in September.
Amazon employees will not return to their offices until January 2022, they told. This is a delay of approximately four months, as the company’s previous plan required employees to come back on a hybrid basis as of September 7, 2021.
Amazon released an update of the return to office procedures for its employees in June, and advised that masks will be optional for fully vaccinated employees, but required for all others. The company’s news post about the return to office guidance stated that employees could expect a hybrid work model, with the standard being three days in the office and two remote.
The news from Amazon pushing back his in-person workplans comes as many other technology companies are reconsidering how to bring back workers. Microsoft, Google and Facebook all recently announced that their office workers should be immunized to come back. Last month, Amazon said they would not require their employees to be vaccinated, and their masking requirements for unvaccinated employees suggest that this is still their position.
Of course, many Amazon workers, including its warehouse and Whole Foods staff, worked onsite throughout the pandemic. In October 2020, Amazon reported that between March 1 and September 19, 2020, nearly 20,000 of its frontline employees were positive or believed to be positive for COVID-19.
On July 2021, Amazon said it was shutting down its on-site testing program for its warehouses, but would resume testing if official health guidelines changed. Amazon says it continues to follow local regulations and guidelines, but has decided to close its warehouse testing sites due to the high availability of testing in the United States. However, it is the responsibility of the workers themselves to locate and visit a test site.