Công ty Apple đã thông báo tất cả 12.000 nhân viên làm việc tại Cupertino HQ sẽ tiếp tục công việc làm tại nhà. Lệnh được thực hiện tức thì ngày thứ Sáu khi ban hành – Lênh này được thông cáo tiếp theo sau các sắc lệnh của Facebook và Microsoft cho nhân viên Vùng Vịnh của họ.
Apple đã phát hành một bản thông báo nhắc nhở cho các nhân viên của mình có trụ sở tại trụ sở Santa Clara Valley, Apple Park. Thông báo khuyên nhân viên nên ở nhà vào thứ Sáu.
Các văn phòng sẽ vẫn mở nhưng 12.000 nhân viên Cupertino được yêu cầu tránh xa.
Facebook cũng đã nói với tất cả các nhân viên San Francisco ở nhà và hủy các chuyến công tác vào thứ Sáu.
Facebook đã đóng cửa văn phòng tại Seattle khi một nhà thầu ở đó bị nhiễm bệnh.
Việc đóng cửa cho thấy khoảng 17.000 nhân viên Facebook làm việc tại nhà.
Microsoft cũng đã nói với các nhân viên tại San Francisco Bay và Seattle làm việc ở nhà.
Cơ sở Seattle có 54.000 nhân viên, một phần ba nhân viên toàn Công ty đang trả lương cho công nhân làm việc tính theo giờ ngay cả khi họ không thể đi làm.
Ước tính 83.000 công nhân bị ảnh hưởng này của cả ba công ty.
Microsoft Seattle: 54,000
Facebook San Francisco Bay: 14,000
Facebook Seattle: 3,000
Riêng Microsoft San Francisco Bay: không rõ. Microsoft có trên 80.000 người tại Hoa Kỳ, 54.000 tại Washington state
Tiểu bang California đã ban hành tình trạng khẩn cấp vào thứ năm khi số ca mắc coronavirus tăng lên.
Tất cả cửa tiệm Apple’s bán lẻ vẫn mở cửa như thường lệ. +9
Apple has advised all 12,000 employees at its Cupertino headquarters to work from home+9
An estimated 54,000 Microsoft employees have been effected by office closures this week+9
Facebook coronavirus closures sees an estimated 17,000 told to work from home+9
The offices, named Apple Park, will remain open but staff was told to stay away
‘As the COVID-19 response has developed, Apple’s dedicated team has focused intently on what’s best for the safety and well-being of our teams,’ said the memo, which was sent to employees around 8.30am Friday when many would already have been on their way to work.
Tech company office closures: How many are affected?
Microsoft Seattle: 54,000
Facebook San Francisco Bay: 14,000
Facebook Seattle: 3,000
‘On Friday, March 6, we are taking the additional precaution of encouraging team members in our SCV offices to work from home if you can do so.
‘While offices will be open, this change is driven by recent guidance from public health officials that recommends minimizing dense gatherings and reducing proximity where possible.’
It added that the situation would be monitored over the weekend and further updates about the office would be issued.
Facebook has told employees in its San Francisco Bay offices to stay at home Friday and cancel all business trips due to the virus. The company is believed to have around 14,000 employees in the Bay Area.
The social network, which has thousands of offices in the region, is ‘strongly recommending’ all workers in the area to work from home on Friday, March 6, a company spokesman told CNBC.
However, employees critical to the site’s safety and security will still be required to work on-site, despite the city announcing its first two confirmed cases of the virus. +9
There are an estimated 3,000 employees at the Facebook Seattle offices+9
Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park has told it employees to remain at home also
‘Based on guidance from Santa Clara County today, we are strongly recommending that all Bay area employees and contingent staff work from home starting tomorrow, Friday, March 6th,’ Facebook spokesperson Anthony Harrison Thursday evening said in a statement to CNBC.
‘This decision is based on our desire to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19, the health and safety of our teams, their loved ones and our neighbours remain a top priority.’
The social network is also cancelling any events in the Bay Area.
Facebook already announced Wednesday night that it has closed its Seattle office after a contractor there was discovered to have contracted the virus. Between the San Francisco and Seattle closures, around 17,000 employee of the company are estimated to be working from home.
The office will be closed until at least Monday, March 9, and the company is encouraging its employees to work from home for the remainder of the month.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has already asked its employees in its San Francisco Bay and Seattle HQ offices to work from home if they can do so to restrict the spread of the virus.
The company has over 80,000 employees in the U.S., 54,000 of whom are based in the Washington state Redmond campus.
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The Microsoft Redmond campus is the base for around 54,000 employees
The company has committed to continue to pay its workers who are paid by the hour during the outbreak even if they can’t come to work.
With the new policy for hourly workers, Microsoft is providing a steady income to its workers who aren’t on a contract and need to be on site to do their work, including cleaners and kitchen staff.
‘We recognise the hardship that lost work can mean for hourly workers,’ Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
‘As a result, we’ve decided that Microsoft will continue to pay all our vendor hourly service providers their regular pay during this period of reduced service needs.
‘This is independent of whether their full services are needed.
‘We’re committed as a company to making public health our first priority and doing what we can to address the economic and societal impact of COVID-19.
‘We appreciate that what’s affordable for a large employer may not be affordable for a small business, but we believe that large employers who can afford to take this type of step should consider doing so.’
There are 4,500 hourly Microsoft employees at its Seattle headquarters alone.
Microsoft said it is exploring how best to introduce a similar policy to workers in other parts of the country and the world where coronavirus is having an impact.
Microsoft employees in both regions have been asked to work from home until March 25 if they can.
‘Taking these measures will ensure your safety and also make the workplace safer for those that need to be onsite,’ executive vice president Kurt DelBene told employees in a post this week.
Employees for whom ‘it is essential to be in the office or other work environments’ should continue to go to their work locations and that the company would follow government guidelines for disinfecting its sites for essential personnel.WHO warns coronavirus is deadlier than the flu but ‘containable’Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time3:13FullscreenNeed Text
Microsoft also asked employees to suspend any business travel to the areas ‘unless essential for the continuity of Microsoft’.
It said employees should cancel travel to areas with active coronavirus cases – which includes much of Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The company says it is using its technology to help combat the virus by ‘pursuing additional steps to stay connected around the world’, such as via telehealth solutions for medical industries and online learning programmes for schools and universities.
Microsoft is not the only Seattle-based company sending its employees home due to the virus, officially termed COVID-19.
In the US, the outbreak has hit Washington more heavily than any other state, with 13 of the 14 deaths occurring there.
Amazon, which has transformed the northwestern US city with its urban campus, has given its more than 50,000 employees in the region a green light to work remotely.+9
An equipment service worker for King County Metro sprays a disinfectant, throughout a metro bus in Seattle, Washington, a new focal point for the coronavirus epidemic+9
Google, which has been steadily expanding operations in Seattle, is also encouraging workers in the Washington to stay away from offices to reduce risks amid the outbreak
The company this week confirmed that an employee in Seattle had been quarantined after testing positive for the new coronavirus.
Google, which has been steadily expanding operations in Seattle, is also encouraging workers in the Washington to stay away from offices to reduce risks amid the outbreak which has killed more than 3,000 people globally.
Ride-sharing service Lyft said it encouraged its San Francisco staff to work from home for the remainder of the week after it learned one of its employees was in contact with someone who was exposed to COVID-19.
‘The team member has not exhibited any symptoms, and is in touch with medical professionals,’ Lyft said in a response to an AFP inquiry.
‘We are basing every step of our response process on CDC guidance, and out of an abundance of caution are encouraging our San Francisco headquarters employees to work from home.’
The Lyft headquarters in San Francisco, which remains open, was to undergo a deep-clean.
Global employer Twitter this week also told all 5,000 of its workers around the world to work from home because of the outbreak.
Google has also told all employees of its European headquarters in Dublin to go home and the company will also be conducting all Google interviews globally virtually via Hangout, its video call software.