Initially, the company gave its staff the option until January. But in the wake of the pandemic, it has been extended until next June 2021, an Amazon company spokeswoman said.
About 19,000 Amazon employees in the U.S. have been infected with the coronavirus this year, with some senior staff accusing the company of putting employees’ health at risk by keeping warehouses open during the pandemic.
“We continue to prioritize the health of our employees and follow local government guidance. The company has invested notable funds and supplies to keep those who choose to come to the office safe through physical distancing, temperature checks, and by providing face coverings and hand sanitizer,” an Amazon spokeswoman said.