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Amazon to Hold Off Warehouse Phone Ban ‘Until Further Notice’

Dec. 18, 2021, 10:46 PM

Amazon.com Inc. is backing off plans to ban cell phones in warehouses, allowing employees to keep their devices with them at work.

The reversal follows the emergence of a more contagious strain of Covid-19 and after six workers died at a facility struck by a tornado last week, which reinforced a desire among warehouse employees to have access to real-time information in emergencies.

Some Amazon warehouse workers received messages from the e-commerce giant Friday that mobile phones would be allowed “until further notice,” which a spokeswoman for the company confirmed Saturday.

For years, Amazon prohibited employees from having their phones ...