AMAZON is tracking its workers and could fire those who violate coronavirus social distancing guidelines, officials say.
Workers at the Jeff Bezos-led company have been notified that they must stay at least six fee from each other, according to CNBC.
The employees may get away with a warning after the first violation, but they could be terminated following a second.
State governors and other leaders have been urging people for weeks to practice social distancing as the pandemic continues to worsen.
More than 360,000 people in the US have been infected.
“We’ve had some instances of employees intentionally violating our clear guidelines on social distancing at our sites, which endangers both the individual and their colleagues,” a spokesperson told CNBC.
“We are taking intense measures to ensure the health and safety of employees across our sites who are performing an essential role for their communities during this crisis.”
Amazon official Dave Clark wrote in a blog entry earlier this month that keeping employees from close contact with each other is a priority.
“We’re conducting daily audits of the new health and safety measures we’ve put into place.,” he wrote.
“We also assigned some of our top machine learning technologists to capture opportunities to improve social distancing in our buildings using our internal camera systems.
“With over 1,000 sites around the world, and so many measures and precautions rapidly rolled out over the past several weeks, there may be instances where we don’t get it perfect, but I can assure you that’s just what they’ll be – exceptions.”
Some Amazon complexes employ thousands of employees, which could make social distancing a challenge.
A worker in Illinois told CNBC that the social distancing efforts were appreciated, adding that tape on the floor marked the area where they should stand.
The employee also said that workers no longer sit near each other in the cafeterias.
“It was very hard to get into people’s heads that they need to abide by this,” the worker told CNBC.
“People really weren’t paying a lot of attention.
“But we don’t want anybody to do anything that’s unsafe.”
Three warehouse workers told CNBC that they were told their facilities would identify violators if there are witnesses or camera footage.
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They feared the rule would not be applied to site management.
Amazon employees at several locations have demanded better protection from the coronavirus in recent weeks, including one New York worker who was fired last week for allegedly violating self-quarantine rules.
More than 1.3 million people have been infected with the coronavirus around the world.
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