Amazon will close its warehouses in France until at least early next week after a court ordered it to limit deliveries to essential goods such as food and medical supplies.
The world’s largest online retailer is facing mounting criticism of the health measures it has put in place to protect employees from the coronavirus while it deals with a surge in online orders.
In a ruling on Tuesday, a French court said Amazon had to carry out a more thorough assessment of the risk of coronavirus contagion at its warehouses and should restrict its deliveries in the meantime, or faces a fine.
Amazon said it would appeal the decision.
The case followed a complaint filed by Union Syndicale Solidaires; a French group of trade unions after raising concerns over health standards at Amazon’s shipping sites, arguing they were too crowded.
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