Amazon makes masks optional for warehouse workers in the US

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Amazon is abolishing requirements for masks for warehouse workers as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline across the country.

Starting Tuesday, face masks will be optional for workers at all U.S. operating facilities, regardless of their vaccination status, unless required by state or local law, Amazon said in a statement sent to workers on Sunday, which was viewed by CNBC.

“This announcement is an exciting step on our path to normal operation,” the statement said.

However, Amazon said it strongly encourages unvaccinated employees to continue wearing the mask. Any workers who prefer to wear a face mask are “invited to do so,” the company added.

Amazon officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last December, Amazon renewed its mask mandate amid rising Covid-19 cases due to the high-transmission omicron option. Amazon, the second largest employer in the U.S. after Walmart, did not prescribe the vaccine to its employees.

Other companies, such as Target and Tyson Foods, have eased their mask policies in recent weeks as coronavirus infections fell from highs late last year and in January. Earlier this month, Amazon told vaccinated employees that they have the ability to work without a mask.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released new recommendations on masks that allow most people to give up face coatings while the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations in their communities remains low. More than 70% of Americans live in areas where masks are no longer required.

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Amazon makes masks optional for warehouse workers in the US

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