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05/07/2021

Amazon pauses Prime Day in Canada amid COVID-19 outbreaks at warehouses

The e-giant say it's postponing the popular shopping event for the safety of its workers
An Amazon employee packing boxes in a warehouse wearing PPE
An associate wears PPE while working in one of Amazon's facilities. (Amazon)

Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario's Peel Region.

In a notice to sellers obtained by The Canadian Press, Amazon says the pause was put in place to protect the health and safety of employees.

The company says it will monitor the COVID-19 situation in Canada to determine the next steps for the event.

A number of Amazon's major fulfillment centres are located in Peel Region, just West of Toronto, which has one of the highest community COVID-19 positivity rates in the country.

Peel's public health unit has partially closed three Amazon fulfillment centres in the last two weeks under its order to close workplaces with five or more cases of COVID-19.

The company was also ordered to shut a site in Brampton, Ont., in March after an outbreak sickened more than 600 employees.