Hopefully they receive a response more substantial and reassuring than something to the effect of "we're trying", because there are additional measures Amazon could be taking to better protect its own community of workers, and it's decisively not. Amazon closed a warehouse in NY after a worker was positively tested for COVID-19. "It's also a moment in time when the work we're doing is its most critical", said Bezos. "We hope people who've been laid off will come work with us until they're able to go back to the jobs they had". Microsoft Corp.'s Satya Nadella also took time out to write to workers over the weekend, thanking them for their hard work in an email that was published on LinkedIn Saturday.More news: Trading for Kyle Allen is a great move for the Redskins roster
"Much is unknown, and I know how unsettling and uncertain this feels", Nadella wrote. Only New York has more cases. At the same time, other businesses like restaurants and bars are being forced to shut their doors.More news: Social distancing and staying at home - what the Government advice is
USA senators are demanding to know what measures Amazon are taking to protect its warehouse workers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.More news: Coronavirus global cases surpass 300,000, Johns Hopkins reports
It's uncertain what role, if any, the coronavirus played in Bezos's decision to sell about 3 percent of his Amazon stake before the crisis became a pandemic that has effectively kneecapped the world economy. The letter stated that the senators were concerned that Amazon warehouses continue to hold meetings "that result in dozens of staff crowded together in rooms for 10 or 15 minutes at a time", despite social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommend maintaining at least six feet of distance among people to mitigate spread. Amazon has "placed purchase orders for millions of face masks we want to give to our employees and contractors who can not work from home."However, few of those orders have been filled to date because "masks remain in short supply globally and are at this point being directed by governments to the highest-need facilities like hospitals and clinics". Masks remain in short supply globally and are at this point being directed by governments to the highest-need facilities like hospitals and clinics. When our turn for masks comes, our first priority will be getting them in the hands of our employees and partners working to get essential products to people. "It's easy to understand why the incredible medical providers serving our communities need to be first in line". As for the hand-washing, Amazon says that workers are "allotted" time to do things like refill their water or use the restroom, adding that they can log out of their system to wash their hands whenever they wish to.