One of the two fulfillment centres in question is located at 8050 Heritage Rd. in Brampton, Ontario, and the other is located at 12724 Coleraine Dr. in Bolton, Ontario.
In a news release on Friday, Peel Public Health said that it had already notified the businesses and their employees of the partial closure, with the fulfillment centres being required to close at midnight on Friday.
Peel Public Health ordered the closures under Section 22 of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act. The authority previously said that closures would be imposed on businesses that have had five or more cases of COVID-19 within a period of two weeks that can be traced back to the workplace.
“Peel Public Health will be reviewing workplaces that meet the closure criteria on a daily basis to determine what action is required”, said the authority in a news release.
The partial closures of both fulfillment centres will last up to 10 days, during which all affected employees are required to self-isolate. Health officials will investigate the spike in COVID-19 activity during this time and recommend measures to prevent contagion within the workplace.
Amazon was previously forced to close down the same Brampton fulfillment centre back in March due to a COVID-19 outbreak, which could be evidence of weak internal controls at the facility. The previous closure lasted 14 days.
Closures of fulfillment centres throughout Canada have proven to result in mounting delays with Amazon Prime deliveries, much to the dismay of both Amazon and its customers.