According to CNBC, Amazon employees who can work remotely can now stay home until January 8 as coronavirus cases are increasing across the country.
In May, Amazon asked employees to be ready to work from home by at least October 2. However, Wednesday's announcement postponed that date by more than three months.
"We continue to value the health of our employees and follow local government guidelines," an Amazon spokesman told CNBC. "Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home can do so until January 8th."
Amazon informed CNBC that 840,400 full-time and part-time employees were employed at the end of the last quarter. Employees who work in one of Amazon's fulfillment centers are not among those who are allowed to work from home.
Digital Trends turned to Amazon for more details on its plans for worker safety during the pandemic. We will update this story when we hear something.
At least some companies will inevitably have their employees work from home well after the end of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some other large technology companies are also preparing for the long-term impact of the coronavirus on the workplace. Twitter, for example, allows some employees to continue working remotely even after the pandemic.
Apple recently asked some of its retail employees to work from home because the company has to close its stores after a short period of reopening. And Google even went so far as to give its employees a piece of money to build a home office so that they will have to work from home in the foreseeable future.