Amazon announced issues on Thursday that global employees could work from home through the end of March in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We continue to work closely with public and private medical experts to ensure we are taking the right precautions as the situation continues to evolve,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an email statement. “As a result, we are now recommending that all of our employees globally who can work from home do so through the end of March.”
Amazon also said that the company would provide two weeks of extra paid time off for full and part-time employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into quarantine earlier this week. The move comes after the coronavirus shows no signs of stopping. This is in addition to unlimited unpaid time off for all hourly employees through the month of March. Also, the company claimed that they would continue to pay all of its hourly employees that support its offices around the world, including food service employees, security guards, and janitorial staff.
It is estimated that there are about 798,000 employees at Amazon. Unlike Amazon office workers who can work from home, many fulfillment center employers and delivery drivers are required to be on site. Amazon’s sprawling fulfillment network, which powers the one-day and two-day delivery customers have come to expect, employs more than 250,000 workers at more than 110 sites across the country.
Coronavirus has caused many companies and governments to cancels tech, business, and automotive events around the world. Disneyland and California Adventure will close until late March.