Amazon is dropping its mask mandate for its warehouse workers as Covid cases and hospital admission cases reduce across the globe.
Face masks will be voluntary for its workforce across all U.S. operations facilities, irrespective of their vaccination status unless directed by state or local law from Tuesday, March 1, onwards.
The notice read “This announcement is an exciting step in our path to normal operations”
However, Amazon highly suggests that the unvaccinated should be open to wearing masks.
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the notice but declined to comment further.
Last December, Amazon reintroduced its mask directive due to the increase in Covid-19 cases caused by the highly infectious omicron variant.
Amazon, the second-largest employer in the U.S. behind Walmart, hasn’t mandated vaccines for its workforce.
Target and other companies like Tyson Foods have relaxed their mask policies in previous weeks as coronavirus infections have decreased.
Amazon told vaccinated employees they had the opportunity to work without a face mask earlier this month.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, February 25 released new mask guidance, letting most individuals to remove their face masks as long as Covid-19 hospitalizations in their communities remain low.
More than 70 percent of Americans live in areas where wearing masks is optional.