Peel orders third Amazon facility to partially close due to COVID-19 cases

Apr 30 2021, 11:52 am

Peel Region Public Health (PRPH) has ordered a third Amazon Fulfillment Centre to partially close after several workers tested positive for COVID-19.

The Amazon facility at 7995 Winston Churchill Boulevard in Brampton partially closed on April 30 and will remain shut down for at least 10 days.

The site is one of 16 workplaces the public health unit has closed to some degree this week under a new Section 22 order.

Two TJX Canada Distribution Centres, one at 3185 American Drive in Mississauga and the other at 55 West Drive in Brampton, were also ordered to partially close on April 30. TJX Canada is the parent company of HomeSense, Winners, and Marshalls.

Other workplaces ordered to partially close this week include a Canadian Tire Distribution Centre in Brampton, a Canada Post facility in Mississauga, and two other Amazon Fulfillment Centres – one in Bolton and the other in Brampton.

The Section 22 order came into effect in Peel on April 23. It has also been issued in Toronto.

The order allows the health unit to close a workplace if five or more people test positive for the virus within a 14 day period, and have “reasonably acquired” the infection at work.

A “partial closure” involves the mass dismissal of a shift or work area, while a full closure mandates that an entire workplace must shut down.

Of the 16 sites PRPH closed this week, only two have been fully shut down, while the other 14 have been subject to partial closures.

“Closures will allow Peel Public Health to stop further spread of COVID-19 between employees while cases in the workplace are investigated,” the health unit said.

Of the 3,887 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario on April 30, 871 were in Peel.

To date, the province has seen 364,537 virus cases and 8,050 deaths.

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