Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft are asking Seattle staff to work from home due to coronavirus
Numerous technology companies have asked their Seattle-based employees to work from home to help prevent the spread of the new corona virus. Both Amazon and Facebook have closed offices in the area after confirming that their Seattle employees have indeed contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the new corona virus.
While the outbreak continues to spread in the US, including California and New York, the situation has worsened in Washington, where the virus was first discovered in Stateside. At least now the state has 70 confirmed cases and 10 dead.
Here are the work-from-home policies for some Seattle tech company offices The edge is aware of:
- Amazon has told employees in Seattle and nearby Bellevue that it recommends that employees work from home until the end of March, according to CNBC. The recommendation comes after Amazon confirmed on March 2 that one of its employees was quarantined in Seattle with the new corona virus. That employee left work on February 25 and has not returned.
- Google asks employees in the state of Washington who can work remotely, reports GeekWire. It also requires employees not to take visitors to his Washington-based offices.
- Facebook closed one of its Seattle offices after a contractor tested positive for the new corona virus, and encourages 5,000 employees in Seattle to work from home until March 31, according to CNBC. The office is said to remain closed until Monday. Facebook has also limited social visitors to its offices.
- Microsoft allows employees at its offices in Seattle and San Francisco to work from home from March 25.
- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company “strongly encourages all its employees to work from home” if possible. He said the same guidance applies to Square, which he also leads.
There are currently more than 97,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than 3,300 deaths.