Amazon has finally shut a US warehouse indefinitely after 3 workers tested positive for COVID-19

Amazon Kentucky

  • Amazon has indefinitely shut a returns center in
    Shepherdsville, Kentucky after three workers tested positive for
  • Originally the facility was only supposed to remain closed for
    48 hours, but staff protested returning as the warehouse is focused
    on the return of non-essential items such as sneakers and
  • This is the first major Amazon facility to fully close during
    the coronavirus pandemic.
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Amazon has shut down a warehouse indefinitely for the first time
after three workers tested for COVID-19, and colleagues protested
returning to work.

Bloomberg reported the closure
, and the fact that workers felt
their facility wasn’t doing essential work and it wasn’t worth the
risk of coming in. The Kentucky facility primarily processes
returned items, rather than shipping items out to customers,
employees told the publication.

Staff were told on Monday that the Kentucky facility would close
for 48 hours for a deep-clean following the diagnoses. On
Wednesday, hours before some workers were due to go on shift,
employees received an automated call informing them the facility
would stay shut indefinitely for more cleaning, four employees told
Bloomberg. Employees will be paid

The call said employees would be paid while the facility was
shut down, and the company would get back in touch once it has an
opening date.

Amazon was not immediately available for comment on Bloomberg’s
report when contacted by Business Insider.

This is the first Amazon facility to shutter indefinitely during
the coronavirus outbreak.

At least ten warehouses across the US and Europe have reported
confirmed cases of the virus, but Amazon has kept them open on the
basis that it is delivering essential goods to people confined to
their homes.

Last week the company announced it was
halting shipments of non-essential goods to its warehouses
. It
is on
a massive hiring drive
to keep up with the sudden surge in

The retail giant hasn’t switched over completely to purely
essential deliveries, however. A warehouse worker from a Queens,
New York warehouse
previously told Business Insider
that they were still shipping
off non-vital goods. “I wouldn’t call a prom dress or a Rolex
‘essential items,'” they said.

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Amazon has finally shut a US warehouse indefinitely after 3 workers tested positive for COVID-19