Peel Public Health ordered a partial shutdown of two Amazon fulfillment centres because of Covid-19 infections.
The two DCs, Amazon Fulfillment Centres YYZ-4 and YYZ-7 are located in Brampton and Caledon, Ontario, respectively.
The partial closure took effect at 11:59pm on Saturday.
According to Peel Public Health, closures will happen with five cases that are identified to have been reasonably acquired in the workplace over a 14-day span.
Modified closure criteria applies to large businesses. Based on risk assessment it will be determined if full or partial closure is warranted. Closure may last 10 calendar days, with day one starting the day after the business is notified they must close.
This will allow Peel Public Health to investigate the outbreaks without the risk of spread of infection and provide additional recommendations to workplaces.
All affected employees must self-isolate unless otherwise directed by public health. Employees who are isolating are not permitted to work in any other workplace. This further restricts spread should they have been exposed in their workplace.
Absent legislated paid sick days, employers required to close under these provisions are strongly recommended to provide paid leave for impacted employees.
These closures will allow Peel Public Health to investigate without risk of continuing spread, protecting employees and the community.
Peel Public Health will be reviewing workplaces that meet the closure criteria on a daily basis to determine what action is required.
The list will be updated daily, Monday – Friday at noon. It will include the business name, address, date of closure and whether the closure is full or partial. Case numbers will not be provided.
Workplaces will be removed from the list the day after they have been allowed to re-open by Peel Public Health.