Amazon restricts u.S. travel by employees as new coronavirus outbreak

Beijing time on February 9 morning news, according tomedia reports, an Amazon spokesman confirmed to the media, with the spread of the new corona virus, Amazon has begun to restrict all non-essential domestic travel. Amazon sent the notice to employees on Friday. In another internal communication, Dave Clark, who heads Amazon’s retail business, told employees that group or team meetings that required travel would not be held until at least the end of April.

Amazon restricts u.S. travel by employees as new coronavirus outbreak

By then, he reckons, Amazon will have a better understanding of the spread and impact of the virus. Amazon urges employees with any symptoms to seek medical attention before returning to the office. In the past week, the disease has begun to spread rapidly in South Korea, Iran and Italy.

As of December 31, 2019, Amazon had 798,000 full-time and part-time employees.

Several large technology companies have also cut back on travel or canceled meetings scheduled for the coming months as a result of the new coronavirus outbreak. Facebook announced Thursday that it will cancel its annual F8 software developer conference, while Workday canceled an internal sales meeting scheduled to begin next week.

Companies have also warned or adjusted their business expectations as a result of the new coronavirus outbreak. Apple warned investors last week that the outbreak had led to a reduction in iPhone supply and a reduction in demand in China, where quarterly revenue forecasts are expected to be difficult to achieve. Microsoft said On Wednesday that it did not expect to meet its previously reported quarterly revenue forecast due to the virus outbreak. But Amazon has not adjusted its revenue forecast because of the virus outbreak.