Amazon lifts mask mandate for fully vaccinated U.S. warehouse workers- source

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FILE PHOTO: Amazon's JFK8 distribution center in Staten Island, New York City

(Reuters) -Amazon.com Inc will not require fully vaccinated U.S. warehouse employees to wear masks at work from Tuesday unless mandated by state or local law, a source familiar with the matter said.

The e-commerce giant had in August ordered https://www.reuters.com/business/amazon-orders-employees-wear-masks-regardless-vaccination-status-bloomberg-news-2021-08-06 all U.S. employees to wear a mask at work regardless of their vaccination status due to the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.

The variant had also prompted other major tech companies, including Facebook Inc, Google and Microsoft Corp, to tighten their defenses against COVID-19.

Amazon's decision comes just before the crucial holiday season, for which it has been hiring thousands of hourly workers by offering them sign-up bonuses in a tight job market.

CNBC first reported https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/01/amazon-lifts-mask-mandate-for-fully-vaccinated-warehouse-workers.html?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=Main&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1635789683 the news.

(Reporting by Tiyashi Datta and Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)

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