According to a statement from Peel Public Health on Friday, Amazon.com Inc’s Canada division has been ordered to close its Brampton facility in southern Ontario, with employees being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
According to Peel Public Health, the rate of COVID-19 infection in Peel has been declining in recent weeks, while the rate within Amazon’s fulfilment centre has been substantially rising. (http://bit.ly/38uDnOn)
Amazon has announced that it will appeal the decision, stating that the closure of the facility may have a short-term effect on Amazon’s Canadian customers.
COVID-19 positive cases were less than 1% in the most recent round of mandatory tests in the facility, according to the company.
According to Peel Public Health, a recent investigation found that high-risk COVID-19 exposure for everyone working at the facility cannot be ruled out.
Unless they have tested positive in the last 90 days and completed their isolation period, all workers will be obliged to self-isolate until March 27, according to the health agency.
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Amazon last month over its handling of worker safety problems related to the pandemic at two New York City warehouses, a Staten Island fulfilment centre and a Queens distribution centre.