News release: March 12, 2021
Peel Public Health orders Amazon Canada to close all shifts at Brampton facility and have workers self-isolate for 14 days
Brampton, ON. (March 12, 2021) – Peel Public Health has issued a Section 22 order, under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act, to Amazon Canada to require all individuals working at 8050 Heritage Road in Brampton to self-isolate for two weeks effective 12:01 a.m. March 13, 2021.
In accordance with the order, all employees will be required to self-isolate through March 27th, 2021 unless they have tested positive in the last 90 days and completed their isolation period as directed by public health.
The current public health investigation has determined that high-risk exposure to COVID-19 for everyone working at Amazon Heritage cannot be ruled out. Over the past few weeks, the rate of COVID-19 infection across Peel has been decreasing while the rate inside this facility has been increasing significantly.
Peel Public Health has been working closely with Amazon Canada to get this outbreak under control. This order will allow Amazon Canada further time to consider additional operational changes recommended by Peel Public Health that may help prevent outbreaks in future.
This Amazon facility is in a vulnerable community and employs thousands of people. Immediate action must be taken to protect these essential workers and the community where they live. This was a difficult decision but a necessary one to stop further spread both in the facility and across our community. Essential workers remain the backbone of our community and I continue to urge both employers and policy makers to provide paid sick leave to anyone impacted by COVID-19
Dr. Lawrence C. Loh, Medical Officer of Health
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